April 11, 2019
Another significant milestone for North Street Quarter was reached today (April 11) as the detailed plans for the landscape and appearance of phases 2 & 3 were approved by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).
North Street Quarter was given planning permission in May 2016 to regenerate the area between North Street and the River Ouse providing 416 homes, commercial space, a health hub and a public car park, along with significant improvements to the area along the river. This included outline permission for the whole scheme and full planning permission for the first phase of the development, comprising the health hub, car park, business space and the majority of the affordable homes.
Phases 2 & 3 comprise 178 homes in the western part of the scheme. The planning application for the appearance and landscape of this area deals with the architectural style and proposed materials of the buildings, as well as landscaping elements such as the new riverside walk, the courtyards and planting schemes. The proposals were shown to the public at an exhibition in October last year and feedback from the event helped shape the final plans.
Will Noton from North Street Quarter Ltd said: “Our team of architects and landscape professionals has been working on the detailed plans for many months so we are delighted that the application has now been approved. We’ve worked with the local community throughout and are confident that North Street Quarter will bring many benefits to Lewes and its residents.
“We’re now looking forward to appointing a developer to build this exciting scheme.”
As well as providing much-needed housing, including 165 affordable homes, a new health hub, public parking and business space for creative industries, the scheme will complete the town’s flood defences and open up the river to the public by creating a riverside walk, a new footbridge across to Malling Fields and a slipway from which small boats can be launched.
James Lacey, partner at Vail Williams LLP, who provided planning consultancy advice to North Street Quarter Ltd, said: “We are proud to have been involved in this project since 2017. The scheme’s size and unique location – a large brownfield site on the edge of an historic town, but also within a national park and conservation area – means that the planning process is very complex.
“A great deal of attention has been paid to the design of the scheme to ensure that the character of Lewes is reflected in the architectural style and appearance of North Street Quarter,” said James.
Additional advisers to the scheme include MacGregor Smith, RHP Architects, Giles Jollands Architects, Kevin MacKenzie and Dalmore Land Limited.
Take a closer look at North Street Quarter in the computer generated animation on the home page and the images below.