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South Downs National Park Authority gives green light to Lewes Phoenix proposals

Plans for some 685 homes and businesses in Lewes have been approved.

The National Park’s Planning Committee met on 15 February at County Hall, Lewes, and voted to give the go-ahead to the plans, subject to a series of conditions. These include the resolution of highway concerns, raised by National Highways and East Sussex County Council, as well as 30 per cent of the development being affordable housing.

The plans, submitted by Human Nature (Lewes) Ltd, are for the redevelopment of the North Street Industrial Estate and Springman House, in North Street, Lewes.

The proposals are phased, including planning permission to demolish existing buildings, construct flood defences, and highways improvements. Further phases include buildings of up to six storeys comprising 656 dwellings, as well as up to 3,279m2 busines and flexible workspace.

The plans propose new parking provisions focusing on a mobility hub off The Causeway, highway improvements, including a realignment of North Street and Phoenix Place, a recycling and re-use centre, and construction of a new footbridge over the River Ouse and a riverside pedestrian walkway.

Tim Slaney, CEO of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “This a hugely important and strategic site in Lewes, that is crying out for redevelopment and bringing a new vitality to the area. We’re pleased to have reached a positive outcome on this groundbreaking and complex planning application, working with the owners of the site and many partners. It brings so many benefits to the wider town, as well as redevelops the site.

“The plans will breathe new life into a town centre brownfield site and bring a number of benefits, including a significant number of affordable homes, sustainability measures, employment and much-needed flood defences, serving the wider town as well as the development itself.

“A number of important highway issues are still to be resolved and we’re hopeful they can be successfully addressed over the next few months,” he added.

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