What is best for Phoenix Quarter in Lewes?

Phoenix quarter planning exhibition. Lewes Town Hall.
Phoenix quarter planning exhibition. Lewes Town Hall.

A public meeting is being held on Thursday, May 29, at Lewes Town Hall to discuss what’s best for the Phoenix/North Street area of the town.

Chaired by former broadcaster Martin Leeburn, the guest panel will include speakers who will put forward their vision for the area.

Expert witnesses will also be on hand to answer audience questions on flooding, traffic, affordable housing and sustainability, among other issues.

Norman Baker MP is also scheduled to respond to speakers and say a few words about his hopes for development in Lewes.

Co-organiser Chelsea Renton said: “This event is the first proper opportunity for Lewes people to debate what they want to see happen to this key area of the town.

“North Street/Phoenix represents the biggest-ever single development in Lewes and the largest new development in a National Park. It is crucial that whatever is planned meets with the approval of the people of Lewes, addresses the town’s needs for employment, affordable housing and sustainable development. Most of all, it needs to enhance not destroy the unique character of the town.”

The public meeting starts at 7.30pm with doors opening at 7pm. Admission is free.

The Phoenix Rising group thinks Santon’s emerging plans for the development of the 15-acre site “are not based on a genuine vision for the town, the district or the new community”.