Lewes’ distinctiveness must be recognised by high quality design

Lewes Castle.
Lewes Castle.
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The duty of the South Downs National Park Authority to protect the environment was underlined this week.

A statement was made in the wake of the authority’s successful defence of an appeal against its decision to refuse a planning application for a mixed housing and office scheme on a site at South Downs Way and Mayhew Way, Lewes.

The case was dismissed following a Public Inquiry and the Planning Inspector placed great weight on the local distinctiveness of Lewes affirming that new development should recognise this through high-quality design.

Tim Slaney, Director of Planning for the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “National Parks have the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty.

“Development is vital for the social and economic well-being of the people in the South Downs but it is also appropriate to safeguard the special landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage which have rightly been recognised for their national importance.”