Any proposed development must be truly sustainable – environmentally, economically and socially. It has to give the people in the town the services, jobs and housing they need. It has to be part of Lewes, and in tune with Lewes, nothing from a standard plan. We’re starting to think about our ideas on regeneration now – and we need the people of the town to help shape them.
The future of Lewes District as a whole is planned up to 2030. The Joint Core Strategy has been approved by both Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park. The details are here.
North Street Quarter is part of the specific policy for Lewes Town Centre with an allocation for mixed use development and around 350 homes, a further 300 homes are allocated in the town, to be found on presently unidentified sites in Lewes within the plan period.
Any future plans for North Street Quarter will need to follow the principles that have been set out in the core strategy, and debate needs to take place around how those principles are turned into reality, ensuring the detail of the development is viable and deliverable.
When you consider the site, it’s in a perfect location, right next to the Town Centre, with the river and Downs around. The River, which has fed and threatened the town for centuries, and caused so much grief, can now be made into a great, well-controlled opportunity for the town, its residents, and its visitors – this site could be so much more.