Council postpones New Homes consultations

Steyning Avenue car park SUS-151124-141929001
Steyning Avenue car park SUS-151124-141929001

The next round of public consultation events on New Homes plans is being rescheduled in response to requests for further studies from businesses and residents.

The third set of drop-in sessions for Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford had been organised for December so local people could view more detailed designs.

However, Lewes District Council has been listening to the concerns of business people in Peacehaven and has agreed to conduct another, more in-depth survey of usage at Steyning Avenue car park.

In addition, further work is being carried out about parking and public toilets at the Buckle car park as a result of concerns raised by residents.

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “We have been running an ongoing consultation programme on proposals to build around 415 homes across the district, since the spring to get people’s views and ideas on plans for new homes, which are urgently needed to tackle the district’s housing shortage.

“Having held two rounds of public sessions and lots of meetings with local groups, we have agreed to carry out more studies in areas of concern. The results will help shape our more detailed proposals, which will be on show at the next consultation events. This extra work will take time, however, so the planned events for December are being rescheduled.”

Revised dates for the drop-in session will be published in the New Year.

Phil Merry, Acting Chairman of Peacehaven and District Chamber of Commerce, said: “I am pleased the district council has listened to us and agreed to another survey on the use of Steyning Avenue car park, as well as looking at parking alternatives. It is important this work is done before the next public events.

“It is also vital that if homes are built on Steyning Avenue car park, alternative parking arrangements are put in place to replace the lost spaces. If not, businesses in the vicinity will suffer. Until the chamber gets this undertaking from the council, we are not able to give the project our backing.”

Two petitions objecting to the proposals have been handed in to Lewes District Council - one with nearly 2,400 signatures opposing plans for 32 flats on Piddinghoe Avenue and Steyning Avenue car parks, and another with more than 1,500 signatures covering all the above car parks and Roderick South (cliff side).

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