Masterplan for Lewes’ future to be discussed

Phoenix quarter planning exhibition. Lewes Town Hall.
Phoenix quarter planning exhibition. Lewes Town Hall.
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The most important regeneration project ever contemplated in Lewes will be discussed today (Thursday April 24).

Lewes District Council’s Cabinet is being asked to endorse the ‘Masterplan’ for the North Street Quarter.

This will act as a framework for guiding subsequent planning applications that are submitted for this area.

The Masterplan has been prepared on behalf of the Santon Group. It has been submitted to both the district council and the South Downs National Park Authority for their consideration and approval.

Developer Santon is proposing to build up to 420 homes on the site, including 35 per cent affordable housing and ‘care units’ for the elderly and infirm.

It would also be home to a mixture of shops, restaurants and drinking establishments, and a medical centre is planned. Several consultation exercises have been undertaken and the Masterplan has drawn on the views of local people.

Affordable housing emerged as an important development priority, followed by good access to the River Ouse and environmental works.

There was little desire for a development that was simply a housing estate and public feedback indicated that the development should also provide employment opportunities.

Delivery is spread over three phases. Phase 1 (June 2015 to June 2016) would see the building of 113 residential sales units and 110 affordable homes, together with all of the non-residential components - a cultural industries quarter, a doctors’ surgery and leisure-related projects.

Phase 2 (June 2017 to September 2018) would deliver 81 residential sales units and 21 affordable homes; and Phase 3 (September 2018 to September/December 2019) 65 residential units and six affordable homes.