Currently the site offers little in the way of visual physical connections between the centre of town, the river, Malling Brooks and the Pells. New routes that connect to the existing routes of the town and out into the countryside could open the site up to both the local community and to tourists, offering a new place to discover, a new way to enjoy views of the surrounding downs and a new way to appreciate the historic town.
In-town movement could be supported by better pedestrian connections across the causeway, helping to connect the site into the existing town by making it easier for pedestrians.
Lewes is a great place to walk around, and from the North Street Quarter it’s easy to walk to the station, to the shops and to schools – all putting less reliance on the car and reducing stress on local traffic. In our designs, this can be encouraged not just by ensuring that there are reasonable, safe walking and cycling routes, but also that they are a pleasant environment to walk and cycle in – something to enjoy.
Even if you don’t want to mess about in boats, North Street Quarter could open up the river by creating a riverside walk and by offering public open spaces on the banks of the Ouse. Such opportunities could attract and encourage the whole community of Lewes to embrace and use this new place.
On car parking, we recognise that some of the cleared industrial units are now providing surface car parking, and car parking with minutes walking distance of the town centre is vital to sustain the vibrancy of shopping and other leisure activity in the town. We believe the site can improve on existing parking, in a secure and safe way through good design using the different natural levels that exist on site.