The wide variety of activities in Lewes is supported by the green open spaces that extend right into the centre of the town and by a variety of smaller informal buildings and spaces. North Street Quarter should build on that pattern, creating more small spaces for art and leisure activity.
A development should also make use of North Street Quarter’s riverside location. The river currently does not support many leisure activities. As in many towns, the river was once an industrial transport and supply route, but now that those industrial uses have faded, there is a chance to use the river for recreation again.
We need to understand the creative and cultural activity currently in the town, recognising what is in short supply and what can be sustained for the long-term. We want to ensure that there are well designed buildings for a range of uses, and that these are used by as many people as possible to maximum advantage. This will also serve to reduce running costs and maximise the use of all community venues.