PLANS for 13 “exceptional” riverside homes were unveiled in Lewes on Friday.
Local people were invited to give their views on the proposed development at the former Chandlers site in Timberyard Lane at a special exhibition.
The site presents significant challenges. Its previous industrial use has left the earth contaminated and there is also an issue over flood defences.
Alfred Homes, based in Buckinghamshire, is proposing a mix of two, three and four bedrooms with private roof terraces and/or balconies facing the River Ouse, set in landscaped grounds with adequate off-street parking for each dwelling.
The company specialises in creating “exceptional” developments in unique, and sometimes difficult, locations.
“We fully recognise that this location presents a unique set of issues,” says Alfred Homes’ Managing Director Gregg Joslin, “not least because of the degree of contamination and potential flood risks, but also for its special location within a conservation and residential area in the heart of an historic town.
“We know this site has been earmarked for residential development since 2003, but its various constraints have deterred many developers from devoting the time required to work with all parties to develop something that is really special – and ultimately create a great place to live.”
Mr Joslin continued: “When we started Alfred Homes, we wanted to stand out from the crowd in terms of design and architectural excellence, but also in the way that we do business. We strive to offer the very best through an inclusive approach – and a distinctive style that combines attention to detail with a positive attitude to local issues.”
In practice, this often means sensitive locations, and working with the local community from the outset.
“We have already met with the Environment Agency and the local council’s planning officers to make initial assessments,” Mr Joslin said. “So now we are ready to embark on developing a planning strategy with the input of local residents to ensure we address people’s concerns from the very beginning.”
It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted in the autumn/winter of this year.