February 7, 2018:
North Street Quarter is moving forward with great momentum. Last week the government recognised the North Street Quarter development as one of the most significant in the UK for the creation of much needed new homes.
The £10 million grant from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund will be used to finance flood defences and riverfront works, land remediation, new highways and landscaping all of which need to be done in the first phase of the scheme.
The scheme was previously approved by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) and a large team of experts is currently discharging all the pre-commencement planning conditions.
Construction on the brownfield site will take place over three phases with the aim to be completed in 2021. This once in a generation opportunity will see the construction of 416 new homes, a health hub for 26,000 patients, cafés and gallery space, 140,000 sq. feet of business space, a riverside promenade and underground public car park. 40% of the homes built will be affordable.
We are currently speaking to potential partners to deliver the scheme, with the appointed developer starting on-site at the end of 2018.
The latest progress update on North Street Quarter includes the forth-coming relocation of John Gosnell & Co to their new state-of-the-art premises on Malling Brooks Industrial Estate. Previously, tenants such as The Skatehouse were relocated to a new purpose-built venue in Newhaven and a £200k skatepark was built and opened on the neighbouring Malling Fields. Regular meetings are also taking place with SDNPA, East Sussex County Council, the Environment Agency, Southern Water and Natural England.
Local stakeholders are receiving information updates with meetings being held with the NSQ Sounding Board, Landscape & Play Working Group and Design Working Group. Attendees represent groups and organisations, including Lewes Town Council, Friends of Lewes, Lewes Town Partnership, Pells and St John’s Neighbourhood Association and the Lewes Conservation Area Advisory Group. There is a dedicated website to provide members of the public with information and updates on the progress of the scheme at www.northstreetqtr.co.uk
Image – CGI showing the proposed footbridge into North Street Quarter