The North Street Quarter development has received confirmation from the planning authority that the pre-commencement planning conditions for phase 1 of the scheme have been met. This is a big step forward in the scheme’s progress as work to prepare the ground for development can now begin.
The work to demolish some of the buildings in phase 1 – units 8-11 Phoenix Place – is due to start week commencing January 7 and is expected to be completed at the end of February. Up to six people will be working on the site at any time, usually between 8am and 4pm, and parking will be within the compound. There will not be any road closures.
During the demolition work the contractors will seek to salvage parts of the old ironworks that have historical interest. The majority of the phase 1 demolition will take place once a developer has been appointed later in the year.
Phase 1 of the scheme includes the construction of the health hub, with a public car park below, business units for creative industries and 238 homes, including the majority of the affordable housing.
As well as much needed housing and the new 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.
The remainder of the site (phases 2 & 3) comprising 178 homes will be developed after phase 1. A public exhibition about the appearance and landscaping details was held last October and feedback from the event has helped shape the plans. The proposals have now been submitted to the planning authority for approval.
The next step for North Street Quarter’s landowners, Lewes District Council and North Street Quarter Ltd, is to appoint a developer to build the scheme according to the approved plans.
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