Need to protect unique businesses and community on Phoenix site in Lewes

Phoenix Industrial Estate Lewes. 'John Thorn (L) with Martin Thomas Principal Designer of Zu Studios.
Phoenix Industrial Estate Lewes. 'John Thorn (L) with Martin Thomas Principal Designer of Zu Studios.

A petition calling to save the unique businesses and community which have developed on the Phoenix Quarter in Lewes has attracted more than 700 signatures.

The petition is aiming to reach at least 1,000 signatures.

Phoenix Industrial Estate Lewes. 'Carl Youri (L) with Paul Harrison of Harrisons Design & Make.

Phoenix Industrial Estate Lewes. 'Carl Youri (L) with Paul Harrison of Harrisons Design & Make.

It said The Santon Group had submitted its plans to develop the Phoenix Estate in North Street, Lewes, into a mainly residential estate with some office and commercial space.

The petition said: “We don’t believe this will be suitable for the vast majority of businesses currently on the estate.

“Most have not been offered an alternative.

“It will also destroy the infrastructure which currently is so successful and supports Lewes, Sussex and beyond.

“We call on the South Downs National Park to protect all the businesses and community spaces on the estate which includes but is not restricted to: 450 jobs, ten community enterprises, six industrial businesses and 92 workshops.”

The petition can be signed at https://www.change.org/p/south-downs-national-park-save-the-phoenix

Meanwhile the Lewes Phoenix Rising proposals have attracted more than 1,300 signatures in support.

Santon said it had just received confirmation from English Heritage that it had rejected an application made by a third party to list some of the sheds associated with the former foundry on the North Street site.

It also said it would provide 26,000 sq ft of flexible workspace in different sizes, suitable for small, artisan-style businesses on the North Street Quarter (read page 3 for more).