Lewes plans get government funding

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Lewes District Council and Santon North Street have welcomed news Lewes will be one of the towns to benefit from government funding towards a low carbon heating system as part of the proposed regeneration of the North Street Quarter.

Exact details are yet to be revealed by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, but Lewes District Council Leader, Rob Blackman, said: “This is excellent news that demonstrates how working in partnership with developers, we can bring forward greener, more sustainable development. This will mean reduced fuel bills for the residents and businesses of the proposed North Street Quarter development.”

Working within the agreed planning framework for the area, Lewes District Council’s development partner, Santon, has consulted the public and local organisations on proposed plans for the area, to be submitted to planners soon, over the past two years.

Said Clive Wilding, director of Santon North Street: “An important theme which has come through all discussions with local people is the necessity for this scheme to be environmentally friendly and sustainable.

“This funding will enable us to ensure we have the best available affordable low carbon design, using the river as the main source of heating.

“This, along with enhanced green spaces for people in Lewes, growing areas, green roofs, photovoltaic panels, recycled grey water and many other carefully thought out features will ensure that we create one of the most environmentally sustainable developments ever built in the region.”

A planning application for the whole area is being detailed by Santon and Lewes District Council to reflect the input of people in the town and South Downs National Park Authority planners, addressing the needs of all elements of the community.

This application will be submitted to the South Downs Authority soon and there will follow a statutory consultation when the public will be able to comment on the detailed plans.