Since the end of last year, a team of consultants including architects, engineers, highway, environmental and heritage experts have been working to finalise details about design, materials and how the construction will be carried out. This has involved consultation with the SDNPA, East Sussex County Council, the Environment Agency, Southern Water, Historic England, Natural England and Lewes District Council. Over the next three months planning officers at the SDNPA will scrutinise the submissions to confirm that they satisfy the requirements of the planning approval.
Once the precommencement conditions have been discharged, the landowners will be in a position to select a development partner for Phase 1 of the scheme. The first phase will see the construction of the health hub, with a public car park below, the business units and 243 homes, which includes the majority (141) of the affordable housing which will be built and transferred to a locally active housing association. In addition, 15 homes will be available for local priority housing.
As well as much needed housing and a new purpose-built community health facility for 26,000 patients, the North Street Quarter scheme is contributing additional benefits to the town. These include completion of the flood defences, improvements to highways and upgrading Pell’s recreation ground and Malling Fields.
Lewes residents have been instrumental in shaping the plans for the development and their views continue to be represented through the North Street Quarter Sounding Board, Landscape & Play Working Group and Design Working Group. Local organisations represented include Lewes Town Council, Friends of Lewes, Lewes Conservation Area Advisory Group, Lewes Community Land Trust, Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Pells & St John’s Neighbourhood Association.