Keith Taylor, the Green Euro MP for South East England, is visiting Lewes businesses to hear their concerns about regeneration proposals for the area.
Mr Taylor will visit the Phoenix Industrial Estate which was bought for around £5m by developers at the end of last year. He’ll meet local people working in the area and discuss their views about redevelopment of the site.
The industrial estate, in the ‘North Street’ area of Lewes, is home to a number of successful local businesses. Mr Taylor is backing calls for the site to prioritise small-scale environmentally-friendly businesses in plans to develop the site.
He said: “The Phoenix Industrial Estate is home to a wide range of independent businesses, which provide employment to hundreds of people as well as helping to make the town attractive to visitors. It’s vital that developers listen to local concerns and ensure the area isn’t taken over by expensive executive housing and corporate shopping malls which would do nothing to enhance Lewes’s distinctive culture.”
Mr Taylor called on Lewes District Council and Santon, the property developer, to work together to develop the site according to local people’s wishes.
“While it is good to see the developer conducting a proper consultation with local people it is essential that local people’s feedback is actually incorporated into final designs,” he said.
“The local council should be working closely with the developer to ensure that the development protects local jobs, includes affordable homes and promotes sustainable industry fit for the future.”