Development in Lewes promises new homes and jobs

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REVISED plans for a development in Lewes hold the promise of both new homes and new jobs.

Cutler Holdings Limited have announced a scheme for a mixed use residential and commercial development upon the last undeveloped plot on the Brooks Road Estate.

The site sits upon on the corner of South Downs Road and Mayhew Road in Lewes, behind Tesco and adjacent to the Malling Playing Field. The proposed scheme can be viewed at a Public Exhibition to be held at the Malling Community Centre on Thursday, May 31, from 3.30-7pm.

Cutler Holdings purchased the site from NAMA, the Irish Government’s distressed lending asset managers, last summer and has since then been working with both Lewes District Council and The South Downs National Park Authority, which will determine the application, to reach agreement upon an acceptable form of development for the site.

Previously, the site was approved for a development of 30,000sq ft of office space and 102,000sq ft of residential development which comprised 125 flats, with no affordable housing.

Following consultation with the SDNP, Cutler Holdings’ plans for the site are greatly reduced from the original scheme and now provide only 53 residential dwellings. These will predominantly comprise three- and four-bedroom family houses and 17 flats, a number of which will provide live/work accommodation. Cutler Holdings is also looking at making 50 per cent of the housing available to the rented sector.

Again, the residential development will enable a development of commercial space which will provide office accommodation which is sympathetically designed to blend in with the residential development and despite the reduced amount of homes will still offer 26,909sq ft of employment space.

Chris Oakley, of Oakley which is advising Cutler Holdings, commented: “They have very substantially cut back the previously approved development plans and are proposing a scheme which is much more in keeping with the grain and scale of Lewes. It looks to offer much needed housing and employment opportunities for the area.”