Decision looms on demolition of former home for elderly in Lewes

Fairholme, Lewes
Fairholme, Lewes

Amended plans to demolish a former home for the elderly will be considered by Lewes District Council next week.

Sussex Housing and Care wants to replace ‘Fairholme’, off Southover High Street, Lewes, with five houses.

A decision on the scheme is due to be made by the council’s Planning Applications Committee on Wednesday.

‘Fairholme’ dates from 1919 and in the late 1960s was converted into 14 self-contained residential units for the elderly.

Sussex Housing and Care took over the running of the property in 2008. However, following a review, it was assessed as failing to comply with the standards set out in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.

The charity took the decision to dispose of the property. It considered alternative proposals as well as the cost of upgrading but these would have resulted in a severe financial loss.

Officers have recommended that planning permission be granted.

The council has received two letters of objection from local residents on the grounds that it would put a strain on the area and that demolition would be disruptive.