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					                                                                                 North St – Stakeholder Workshop - 9 February 2007




                       North Street Stakeholder Workshop
                                             9 February 2007
   This note records the issues, concerns and opportunities surrounding the future of the North Street area, identified by
 participants in the first stakeholder workshop on 9 February. There were discussion groups on six different topics. The
participants represented an invited group of key stakeholders, with a range of different interests. The views recorded here
 from the different discussion groups will assist the District Council in drawing up its “Planning Vision for the North Street
                                                             area”.



Key

(x „number‟) = number of cards for this issue
Issue that has been prioritised
‘Number’ of stickers assigned to this prioritised issue
# - means that the Action was also a Concern
* - means the Opportunity was also an Issue



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                                                                    Transport


                 Issues/Concerns                                   Opportunities                                         Concerns


Parking                                                  Provide bus interchange (x3) 4                      750 homes, 1500 cars (minimum),
                                                         New Phoenix causeway junction 4                      3000 journeys 1 out 1 in 1
         Parking (x 2) 3                                River walk (x5) 2                                   Future traffic levels on top of existing
         Parking being vital to retail – present &      Make sense of roads layout 2                         congestion 1
          proposed 2                                     Reduce vehicle speeds in town centre 1              Roundabout Eastgate 20 years on 1
         Reduce car parking as part of town             Improved pedestrian links across                    Risk of traffic through Pells area 1
          parking strategy 1                              causeway 1                                          Access into/out of town 1
         Residents parking                              Getting traffic out of town centre 1                Lewes – now a no-go area
         No parking permits except for disabled         Bridge to Tesco                                     Avoid at all costs forest of ticket
          people                                         Close East St. & Little East St.                     machines
         Why park in town?                              Opportunity to allow flooding                       Lewes parking regime is overkill now
         Make parking space „exchangeable‟              Safety improvements                                 Residential provision
          against other benefits                         Getting vehicles out of conservation                Congestion
         Business parking                                areas                                               Bus station
         Minimal parking provision                      Increased income to improve roads and
         Public parking                                  safety
         Increasing town centre parking                 Bus stops (x2)
                                                         Make whole of Lewes pedestrian
Traffic                                                   friendly
                                                         Reduce overall traffic movement in town
         Reduce car dependency 2                         centre
         Congestion (x 2)                               Strong pedestrian routes within, to/from
         Traffic flow                                    & through site 3
                                                         Multi storey or underground parking 3
Other forms of transport                                 Better public transport (x2) 2

         Waitrose corner 1                              Important to integrate traffic flows with
         Facilitate walking & cycling                    existing systems 1
         Cycle parking


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   Increase walking, cycling & public          Parking for Pells pool visitors 1
    transport opportunities                     Strategic car parking 1
   Cycle lanes (x 2)                           Bus station
   Using development to assist resolution      Shuttle bus
    of existing transport issues                Use of river for public transport Lewes –
   Present one way system                       Newhaven
   Seamless road links                         Cycle lanes
   Current route of roads in Lewes             Foot link to Tesco side of river
   Infrastructure around Lewes                 Links to High st
   Public transport access & links             10 new building areas, not just North St
   Routing through the site                    Parking for commuters
   No increase in traffic (motor) through      Parking spaces
    town centre
   Public safety
   Bus access
   Traffic junctions
   Having safe pedestrian routes to
    existing town
   Routes to south & west
   Good pedestrian link
   Impact of all imminent development
    needs to be considered 3
   Is a roundabout required or „urban
    integration‟
   Be realistic




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                                                               Sustainability


          Issues                         Opportunities                          Concerns                              Actions


   Carbon neutral                    Opportunity to plan in an           Development must                 Development must benefit
    development 2                      holistic manner for future           benefit local people 2            local people 2 #
   Water resources/supply 1           energy demands of the               Can you defend against           Application to be explicit about
   Environmental                      town 1                               future flood? 1                   social components, phasing,
    sustainability – green            Ground source heating &             Proper research required          deliverability 2
    roofs, green spaces, bird          power 1                              re: housing                      Proper research required re:
    nesting boxes etc. 1              Affordable housing                   needs/demand & the                housing needs/demand, the
   Social equity &                   To improve flood defence             energy demand from the            energy demand from the
    sustainability 1                  This opportunity to do               development , Proper              development, the flood risk,
   Transport – huge impact –          something good will not              research required re:             the retail potential, the traffic
    is this rightly understood 2       occur again                          housing needs/demand              impact, the environmental
   Maximising opportunity for        Design criteria                      & the energy demand               impact 1 #
    change towards                    Smart metering                       from the development 1           Development must link with
    sustainable development           Design community                    Guarantee that issues             town centre #
   Over development in SE,            recycling                            will not be delivered            Loss of sparrows & house
    can not sustain massive           Water harvesting/grey               Development must link             martins – needs a well thought
    increase in housing                water design criteria                with town centre                  out ecological strategy #
   Deliverability                    Design criteria dedicated           Loss of sparrows &               Over development – too
   Resource management                recycling facilities – assist        house martins – needs a           dense, too large – degradation
    informing development              in recycling                         well thought out                  of Lewes‟s „special character‟
    proposals                         Local plants                         ecological strategy               #
   Rubbish generation                Social components                   Over development – too           Locking in unsustainable land
   Sustainability of landscape       Slow down & manage                   dense, too large –                use – flexibility & adaptability #
    design linked to building          vehicular movement in                degradation of Lewes‟s           Large separate development
    design                             centre                               „special character‟               which could destroy special
   Is redeveloping in a flood-       Develop badly needed                Locking in unsustainable          quality of Lewes #
    risk area really sustainable       affordable housing                   land use – flexibility &         Not enough reasonably priced
    in the long term                                                        adaptability                      houses & businesses #
   Passive design                                                         Increase in car journeys         Poor balance between „locals‟



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   Renewable energy                   Linking traditionally           Large separate                     & „incomers‟ – leads to social
   Energy efficiency – reduce          isolated & socially              development which could            problems #
    demand                              deprived areas into the          destroy special quality of        Residents feel part of the
   Zero carbon buildings               town centre                      Lewes                              wider community in Lewes #
   Social infrastructure is           Incorporate latest              Not enough reasonably             Having right data from the right
    enough to support                   innovative ideas on              proceed houses &                   organisations
    development                         environmental                    businesses                        Careful consideration to
   Affordable housing                  construction                    Poor balance between               Section 106 agreement
   Air quality – development,         Purpose built community          „locals‟ & „incomers‟ –
    traffic, construction               arts centre                      leads to social problems
   Air quality – action plan for      Diversify/integrate Lewes       Lewes becomes more a
    Lewes                               (inhabitants)                    dormitory town therefore
   Traffic generation of such a       Open up access to river          increase in commuting →
    large development could            Restore flood plain              increase in energy
    not be absorbed in Lewes           Developer led scheme            Residents feel part of the
   Communal spaces                     can fund flood alleviation       wider community in
                                       Eco tourism centre to            Lewes
Social – 1                              allow flood plain to            Move flood risk in North
                                        function                         St to other parts of
       Social integration &           Water centre to allow            Lewes
        long term planning for          flood plain to function         Poor building design in
        the town & its                  along with educational           terms of sustainability
        development 2                   centres                         Will it undermine other
       Contribute to                  Lifetime of development          initiatives in the town?
        sustainable mix of             Carbon neutral design –
        housing – families, old         homes & commercial
        people, young people,          Restore flood plain
        rich and poor 1                 (ground breaking)
       Building that supports         By achieving high level of
        community interaction           energy efficiency has
       Safe physical                   good social benefits for
        environment                     less well off
       Support for schools,           Introduce new flood
        health etc.                     defences
       Balanced community             Local produce market
       Balance jobs to home




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         Consideration of              To introduce
          crime, looking after           new/strengthen retail base
          development after              of town
          care – well managed           Starting from
                                         scratch/blank sheet –
Energy – 1                               including current concerns
    Energy use –                        transport, energy etc.
      exploration of green              Diversify /strengthen
      energy sources                     employment base
    Transition to                      Will enable young people
      decentralised energy               to remain in Lewes
                                        Introduce new housing –
Economy – 3                              diversify stock & mix

         Local produce market –
          permanent NOT a
          „Farmers Market‟ 1
         Employment 1
         Local manufacturing
         Local employment
          opportunities
         Financial sustainability
          for community
          resources
         Economic sustainability
          for small businesses &
          artisans
         Economic localisation




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Building design – 1

   Design reflecting the local
    landscape character -
    Chalk grassland living
    roofs
    (Offham Escarpment),
    Reed fringed wetlands +
    ponds full of toads
    (Offham Marsh)

Housing

   Affordable homes 1
   Way in which affordable
       housing is spread
       through development
       (social integration)

Flooding

   Flooding (x 2)
   What if the town has
    another major flood for
    which the defences are
    inadequate?

Transport

       Car free
       Public transport
       Pedestrian friendly




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Resources

     Local sourced
      materials that support
      local businesses e.g.
      Freshfield Lane
      Brickworks, Chailey –
      sweet chestnut
      cladding and support
      beams
     Eco friendly materials
      to be used in
      construction
     Construction materials
      – durability+
      environmental issues
     Use of local material –
      flint, wood, brick

Environment

     Open space & civic
      amenities
     Appropriate
      infrastructure to
      support the
      development
     The right solution for
      the site & the way it will
      be developed i.e. CHP
      + energy renewable




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Sustainability

      Zero carbon 2
      Make area a leader in
       sustainability that
       others internationally
       will follow 1
      Include Wenbans, Bus
       station and Waitrose
       within vision in
       particular with regard to
       sustainability 1
      Business and
       commercial waste &
       recycling
      Environmental
       sustainability
      Consideration of bio
       diversity
      Use ground source
       heating
      Overall sustainability
       for all planning sites in
       Lewes
      Zero carbon
       development – Natural
       England needs offices
       that reduce emissions
       by 50 %
      Energy efficient
       appliances – use of
       sustainable materials –
       a package of materials
       = zero carbon – well
       planned




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Other issues

      Phasing of
       development




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                                              Housing & Community Development


          Issues                       Opportunities                     Concerns                                     Actions

   Reduce the need for cars 1         Largest Brownfield site       Infrastructure needs to              Ensure local housing need will be
   Eco-friendly 1                      in Lewes – opportunity         be in place to support                met/ Affordable housing must
   Long term sustainability –          for housing                    residents – schools,                  address local needs 4 *
    „A good place to live‟ 2            needs/meeting the              shops, transport,                    Footbridge across the river
   Largest Brownfield site in          local housing need 4           health, water etc.                   Open up the riverside access for
    Lewes – opportunity for         Long term                        Access to riverside                   enjoyment
    housing needs/meeting the           sustainability – „A good       from town centre                     Accommodation type & context
    local housing need 4                place to live‟ 2              Any development must                  setting
   Back to the future – once       Private + affordable              take account of realistic            Live/work units near
    dynamic mixed use quarter           housing mixed 1                flooding levels for the               auctioneers/theatre to create
    1                               Reduce the need for               future                                creative hub
   Private + affordable                cars 1                        Will there be leisure                Housing for local people *
    housing mixed 1                 Well managed &                    spaces or facilities                Wait & consider needs of Lewes as
   Well managed &                      maintained 1                   within the local                     a whole 1
    maintained 1                    New housing maintains             environment?                        Using local labour in the
   Is this site really suitable        economic vibrancy in          How much space can                   construction of affordable housing
    for housing bearing in mind         the town                       be devoted to open                  Allowing water into canals &
    the current climate change      Open up the riverside             space?                               lagoons
    predictions? If we have             access for enjoyment          Provision for GP/health             Expand visioning process to
    housing here the big need       Mix of tenancies and              services                             include more people
    in Lewes is low rental              types of                      Nursery & child care                First look at Catchments Flood
    dwellings 1                         accommodation                  facilities                           Management Plan
   Need a more holistic view       Tackle under                     Prefer short life                   Solutions must be deliverable
    of development in Lewes             occupation of family           buildings (say 50                   Commercial provision is to lower
    (Parties with financial             homes                          years)                               standard than housing – so restrict
    interests in the site should    Opportunity to decant            Are there local schools              to employment
    not be involved in this             housing already built          & how many children                 Site should continue as an
    exercise) 1                     Community                         would be housed on                   employment centre
   Building for life                   building/space                 the site?
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   Not diluting the design          A significant number of       Not just housing –
    vision                            affordable homes could         good full time jobs
   Is it a place for the             be provided for local         New residents need to
    young/old/families or all?        people – young people          be accepted &
   Ensure local housing need         could stay in Lewes &          integrated into wider
    will be met/ Affordable           be able to buy 2               community
    housing must address local       Employment                    Number of houses –
    needs 4                           opportunities for local        especially as housing
   Building height –                 people/ employment             is seen as value
    townscape & liveability 2         opportunities rather           generator
   Alternative sites 2               than housing 2                Density & surrounding
   Housing should be part of        Need for family houses         area
    mixed development 2               not flats 1                   Should we build
   Need for family houses not       Local employment               houses on a flood
    flats 1                           opportunities 1                plain? Insurance?
   450 dwellings being              An opportunity to meet        Energy consumption of
    built/considered elsewhere        local housing need             single flats
    – do we need any in this         Homes for local               Land contamination
    area? 1                           employees                     Adequate space
   Creating somewhere               PPS 25 sustainability          standards – houses
    people can be proud to live       lifetime of development       Good space standards
    or visit                         Need for affordable            – no cramming
   New residents need to be          housing                       Market forces & „Buy to
    accepted & integrated into       If housing, could it be        let‟ market
    wider community                   live/work affordable          Risk of over
   Development must link             units? *                       development
    with town                        If housing, overall need      Housing brings need
   Number of houses –                is for rental housing *        for school places &
    especially as housing is         Housing for local              health care etc.
    seen as value generator           people *                      Flood risk
   PPS 3 Change in                                                 Need for supported
    emphasis to support                                              housing & „extra care‟
    families                                                        Energy supplies &
   Demolish what is there and                                       water supplies
    allow it to flood                                               Be realistic
   No housing: allow flooding
   Density & surrounding area



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   New government policy
    PPS3
   Density & design of
    housing
   PPS 25 sustainability
    lifetime of development
   Mix of tenures – within
    affordable housing
   Housing need
   Mix of house size
   What mix of size/type of
    housing – flats/family
   Need for affordable
    housing
   Need to develop a lasting
    sustainable community
   If housing, could it be
    live/work affordable units?
   Affordable in relation to
    what?
   Ratio affordable housing to
    open market
   Defining housing need
   If housing, overall need is
    for rental housing
   Housing designed to cope
    with ground floor flood
    level rather than flood wall
   Housing for local people
   Conservation area
    integration
   Should we build houses on
    a flood plain? Insurance?




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                                                    Commercial Development


          Issues                      Opportunities                     Concerns                                Actions

   Viability of development –       Arts centre 5                  Needs to encourage             Young people of town need a
    ensuring employment              Maximise opportunity            development for high            venue that is theirs – could be
    space comes forward 1             of the riverside location       quality well paid               supported by YDS or YMCA 4
   Leisure on river                  4                               employment 1                   Retails – small, specialised shops
   Mix of independent traders       Public access to               High value jobs 1               NOT supermarkets/multiples 2
    with national traders             riverside 3                    Take care with retail          Employment for skilled & semi-
   What is a high quality job?      Links with                      uses not to undermine           skilled manufacturing jobs 1
   Space for start-up                higher/further                  town centres 1                 Site could house a visitor centre
    businesses                        education                      Distance from High              which could provide information
   Encourage employees to            establishments – make           Street 1                        on local businesses & trades &
    use non car travel                most of these assets 1         Strategic parking               cultural events & opportunities 1
   Wider employment options         Activities for youth 1          provision required 1           Link river bank to retail
   Bigger employers                 Opportunity for quality        Keep young employees            (Watersports)
   Ensure high quality jobs          national stores – M&S,          in town                        River frontage – meeting places,
    are created                       Hawkshead – into town          Vandalism especially at         cafes, bars, walkways
   Security                          – thus no need to go to         night                          Employment – create opportunity
   Viability of development          Brighton or Haywards           Internet sales                  for range of employment
    and respect of cross              Heath 1                        More „Lifestyle‟ shops         Vision must include Wenban
    funding infrastructure           Commercial                      (Yuk!)                          Smiths, bus station, Waitrose and
   More variety                      advantages of                  Tourism – where are             car park
   Arts „punching over weight‟       waterfront location             the Americans?                 Multiple cultural buildings – small
    in Lewes                          should be seized               Vulnerability of upper          cinema, theatre, café/bar
   Meeting rooms/halls              Theatre                         town                           Bus station
   Youth activities 2               Cinema                         Existing shops need            Artists/craftsmen workshop units
   Mixed development –              Symbiosis between               more customers                  to house talented members of the
    housing, retail, workshops        multiple and                   High rents                      community
   Small workshops                   independent traders            Need to maintain               Sensitive, contemporary building
   Cinema                                                            economic/employment             by river could offer a way of
   Theatre                                                           potential                       enjoying the site could attract
                                                                                                      visitors to the town
   River bank facilities


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   Retails                       Dedicated space for          Alternative, off-site,
   Mix of retail units            performances,                 replacement small
                                   rehearsals, display           industrial units 1
                                   (Farnham)                    Avoid cloning – not
                                 Visitor centre (Tom            another Churchill
                                  Payne – History)               Square, filled with
                                 Slipway                        multiples 1
                                 Marina                        Security 1
                                 Longest stretch of river      Influx of unwanted
                                  bank                           multiples especially
                                 Downstream barrage             McDonalds, KFC etc.
                                  to maintain high tide         Developer to consider
                                 Recreational links to          business owner-
                                  the countryside                occupancy not just
                                 Upgrade open air pool          pension fund landlords
                                 Need shops: could             Influx of short term
                                  bring /keep customers          poorly paid
                                 Opportunities for young        employment
                                  meeting places                Focus not to be moved
                                                                 to retail & service
                                 Riverbank                      industries. We need
                                  restaurants/bars/              engineering &
                                  beauty spot 5                  manufacturing
                                 Arts/cultural centre          Government is
                                  could draw tourism as          committed to
                                  well as provide an             promote/sustain town
                                  amenity for local              centres PPS6/RPG9
                                  people 3                      Effect on existing town
                                 Innovation centre 2           Parking for employees,
                                 A permanent produce            residents & visitors
                                  market (Fruit & veg.          Good mix of retail sizes
                                  etc.) selling local           Site should not be
                                  produce 1                      overwhelmed by large
                                 High tech jobs 1               chain stores – need to
                                                                 keep identity
                                                                Development must be
                                                                 insurable



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    New habitats, salt           Some multiples only
     marsh, reed beds,             being food
     ponds → more wildlife
     1
   Pedestrian links for
    shoppers
   Tourist access to river
   Modern retail units
   Space for independent
    retailers
   Car parking for
    business space
   Family activities
   Planning constraints
    for certain types of
    multiples that will hurt
    local traders
   Area to be a centre for
    technology &
    manufacturing
   New industrial units
    (Malling Brooks)
   Small office units
   Flood protected
    commercial space
   Attractive office
    accommodation to
    encourage high quality
    tenants
   Lewes is a town full of
    talent & creativity – it
    should have a forum or
    venue to celebrate this
   Lewes Museum
   New cinema/arts
    venue




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   High quality catering &
    entertainment
   Cultural opportunities
    for all ages
   Acknowledge Tom
    Paine – links with
    visitors from USA. At
    present there is
    nowhere for people to
    go to learn about his
    links with Lewes
   Footpaths to link with
    other parts of the town.
    Continue tradition of
    „Twittens‟ to encourage
    walking
   Arts Centre – Oppose
    closure of Gardner Arts
    Centre




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                                                                Flooding


          Issues                        Opportunities                      Concerns                                  Actions

   If climate change is not           Riverside should be           Co-ordination of policy by         No development until strategic
    tackled, there will be a lake       an asset for people &          flood agencies 1                    flood risk assessment is
    3                                   wildlife 1                    Intensive development of            completed 2
   Should we be re-                   The right kind of              site may cause sewers to           No flood walls – flood proof
    developing in a flood risk          materials used in the          flood up backwards                  buildings instead 2
    area? 2                             development 1                 Unpredictable forecasts            Joined up thinking for flood
   Flooding all areas in              More wildlife                  of global warming                   protection of whole Ouse Valley 1
    Lewes 1                            Boating from pier             Flood defences need                Ensure all studies share info on
   Overdevelopment (lack of           Example of best                maintenance                         flooding - co-ordination
    water resources) 1                  practice – if very             (responsibility)                   Government funding
   Government should                   good could get                Infrastructure especially          Integration of studies
    provide flood defence not           additional funding             sewage from housing                „Buffer zone‟ & nearby wetlands
    carrots from developers 1          Wide green margin             No increase in risk to              accommodate extra water
   Doing nothing there is not          created along river            other areas                        Insisting on porous development
    an option in terms of               bank with large trees         Insurability                        of site
    climate change 1                   Footpath by river             Increased flood risk for           Adequate town-wide risk
   Where will the water go? 1         Long term                      Landport & Malling                  assessment before planning
   Water flows from hills all          comprehensive                 Pressure on drainage &              (SFRA)
    over town 1                         solutions                      sewerage                           A built „sponge‟
   No further build on flood          Need to integrate             Major new development
    plains 1                            flood management               gets flooded
   Other sites in town are             for all central Lewes         With sea level rise, is this
    more suitable for                  Better management              sustainable in the long
    expensive high density              of Ouse Valley                 term
    development 1                      Improved flood                Where will the water go?
   Short life buildings as we          defences                      Climate change ???
    don‟t know long term               Could provide a
    global warming effects 1            „wetland corridor‟
   Tidal barrier
   No flood walls


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   Widen bottleneck                   Area could be                Ouse is a dangerous
   Impact of climate change            combined with Pells           river – not user friendly
   UN report of 1.5 m sea              wetland as a major            as a boating amenity
    level rise by 2100                  wetland reserve              Long term practicality of
   Flood proof buildings              Could the new                 any flood wall (climate
   Less hard structures                development improve           change)
    (concrete walls), more soft         porourness of the
    options (ponds, swales,             site?
    reed beds)                         Land is unstable and
   Funding – costs of                  is contaminated –
    structures limits planning          how will this be
    gain on other matters               resolved?
   No increased risk on the           Return existing
    rest of Lewes                       development to its
   Life span of buildings vs.          natural flood plain,
    forecasts                           taking note of
   If site is not further              national guidelines
    developed, are defences             on flood plain
    needed round it?                    building
   Flood walls are not the            Does the flood risk
    solution                            assessment mention
   Upstream and downstream             the potential effect
    water storage                       upstream/downstrea
   Ensure housing is                   m?
    insurable                          Use porous surfaces
   Water level management –            to allow water to
    flood events are rare and           permeate
    water management often             Impact of more
    overlooked                          concrete – killing rest
   Policy conflict – floodplain,       of Town
    climate change                     The site at present is
   PPS25 (x2)                          an eyesore
   CFMP                               Clean up site
   Technical committee
    should take account of
    Ouse CFMP findings
   SFRA



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   Will greater flood
    protection here have
    repercussions elsewhere?
   Development must not
    increase flooding
    elsewhere
   Short term planning
   Water should be
    conserved – there is a
    shortage!
   Pressure on existing
    drainage and sewers all
    over Lewes
   Flooding in more areas
   Height of development
    (wall on top of podium)
    pushes water elsewhere
   Understanding of structure
    of site
   The Pells community of
    houses – how to protect
    from further floods?
   Any flood protection must
    respect/enhance the Pells
    environment
   The area should be linked
    to the „wetland‟ nearby
   Can environmental
    benefits be built into the
    new flood defences?
   The surface of the site
    should be porous
   Lewes House site
   Wenban Smith
   Proposals for North St
   Chandlers
   Bus station



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   Julian Dawson (Houses)
   Bell Lane
   Clay Hill Nursery
   Malling Brooks
   Building higher flood
    defences is a short term
    solution
   No of talked about houses
    etc. = massive
    overdevelopment on part
    of the flood plain




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                                                       Design and heritage


          Issues                      Opportunities                    Concerns                                 Actions

   Vital to protect historic        Cultural visitor centre      Cars in or cars out?             Wider cultural identity including
    sightlines/Sympathetic &          2                            Social exclusion                  past & present famous Lewes
    complimentary 5                  Bold design 1                Supporting infrastructure         residents and events
   Quality/materials &              Traffic –                    Increased traffic                Wait before charging ahead
    detailing 3                       solutions/problems?          Where is the voice of the        Investigate archaeology
   Avoid conflict with              Possible to improve           young people?                    Overview & scrutiny forum/panel
    conservation area 2               landscaping – link           How to find consensus            Wider consultation with the people
   Acknowledge the river             ideas from railway           Design becomes too               Look at successful developments
    frontage 2                        land – mix in with            sub-urban                         elsewhere – how were they
   Artistic interventions in         buildings                    Development will destroy          bought about?
    roads, furniture & fabric 2      River – develop site          essential nature of a            Wait „til we know if we are in
   Materials of local                for Lewes enjoyment           special Lewes                     National Park – this influences all
    distinctiveness                  Use of river for public      Years of debate –                 planning decisions
   Scale - massing 1                 transport (Lewes –            especially on the design         Pre-empt sustainability issues by
   Building style should not         Newhaven)                     by committee                      establishing local standards for
    be a pastiche – can be           A large site poses its       NIMBY                             technical elements
    contemporary but use local        own opportunities            Lewes + common                   Avoid premature decision on any
    materials 1                      Light industrial use          denominator                       planning application until policy on
   Any development should            can be low rise not          Site needs overview in            other large Lewes sites is agreed
    be at present ground level        competing with                planning to avoid                Make sure any environmental
    to tie up with adjoining          contours of existing          piecemeal development             improvements proposed/permitted
    open space 1                      buildings                    Domination of sightlines          are carried out
   Development should not           Offers chance to             Overdevelopment                  Stick to proposals for energy use
    be dense or high; this is         work close to the            Proximity to conservation         & generation (solar panels, wind
    the edge of the town 1            town centre                   area                              mills) No changes after
   Any development should           Opportunity to               Ability of town‟s                 permissions granted
    not detract from a town           develop iron heritage         infrastructure to cope           Incorporate final vision into LDF
    built on a hill 1                 – link with medieval         Must co-ordinate to avoid        Delivery control
                                      iron                          „piecemeal‟ profit               Dynamic delivery mechanism
                                     Cultural centre could         grabbing                         Levy commerce to provide seed


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   Provide a focus for young         be accessed on foot          Tree park/s & open                 funding for arts
    people particularly               by schools & youth            green space are needed
    teenagers 1                       groups as well as             here
   Access to river 1                 adults                       So much of the site
   Building for place making 1      Give the riverside            belongs to Lewes DC.
   Provide links with                back to Lewes                 How can we get truly
    traditional separate areas       Single „landmark‟             detached judgements?
    like Pells & Landport 1           building could               Site needs to flow –
   Design to build                   enhance Lewes                 could become a dead
    communities 2                     image                         end
   Cultural history 2               Connect to existing          Would flood defence
   Form could draw upon the          town                          make other parts of
    varied architectural past 1      Concert hall                  Lewes more vulnerable?
   Some reference to what           Cinema                       Ability of Council to
    has been on the site before      High quality arts             remain steadfast during
    1                                 centre to welcome             construction phase
   Lewes is relationship             quality                      Energy use – heating
    between town & country            art/music/drama               forms renewable energy
    1Priority for pedestrians        Link with national           Controls & guidance
   Bridge over the river             park                          must be soundly based
   London → Lewes → Paris           Provision of some             in fact & not perceptions
   Acknowledge the                   open spaces for              County town densities
    Ironworks                         people to sit                 are not what puts money
   Eco-friendly design              To use brilliant              in a developer‟s pocket
   No „red brick‟ boxes              architectural design
   Use historic road layout as      Opportunity to use
    framework                         the riverside to site a
   21st century                      beautiful building
   No representation for             which can reflect
    „young‟ voice                     aspects of past but
                                      sit absolutely in 21st
   Relationship to existing
                                      century. Could attract
    integration
                                      national interest
   History of river connecting
                                     Opportunity to have
    the Weald
                                      very original eco-
   Integrate the plans with
                                      friendly design
    existing town in cohesive
    way
                                     Modern design must


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   Mixed use community                 respect mass views
   Links with other                    and quality
    developments i.e. Wenban          Design should
    Smith & Bus Station                encourage people to
   A new bus station                  meet for eating,
   Low grade flood prone site         talking, enjoying –
    – unsuitable for housing           river views, cafés etc.
   Opportunity to break from         Be the cultural
    conventions e.g. shops at          flagship for Sussex
    bottom, deliveries above          Purpose built arts &
   Given the forecast of              community building
    climate change - choose           Opportunity to make
    flood management rather            physical connection
    than protection                    between existing
   Link existing parts of             communities
    Lewes – Pells,                    Getting rid of a blot
    Malling/Town/Railway land          on the landscape
   Riverside benefit                 Expensive flood
   North St visions is not part       development paid for
    of LDF                             by someone other
   Openness of layout                 than the town
   Any design – openness             Part ownership
    and view – country/river           buildings
                                      Increase rail travel
                                      Where are the
                                       American tourists?
                                      Blank canvas –
                                       opportunity for a
                                       national or
                                       internationally
                                       regarded
                                       development
                                      Opportunity to
                                       stimulate Lewes
                                      Feedback




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