Lewes District Council’s Core Strategy has idenitfied the North Street area in Lewes, known by the new owners The Santon Group as the North Street Quarter, as an area for redevelopment. The Core Strategy, due to be discussed & approved today at a full Council Meeting, could pave the way for 350 homes, up to 5,000 sq m of office space, retail space, a hotel and redeveloping or relocating the Waitrose supermarket.
However, some businesses and traders at Phoenix Place, Lewes are against the proposed plans for redevelopment of the estate. An online petition against plans to demolish part of Lewes gained more than 2,000 signatures.
Campaigner Samira Harris of Zu Studios said the Phoenix Industrial Estate, which houses a collection of old warehouses, is a thriving community. She said: “Some people see this as a run-down load of crumbling buildings opposite Tesco, but it is not. Nearly every warehouse is occupied by successful industrial and creative industries. There is a thriving community between neighbours on the estate and throughout Lewes. This estate provides services regionally, nationally and internationally. In between working factories and small businesses a cultural phenomenon has happened."
Although the Core Strategy was passed for continuing to a formal Representation period (Jan-March 2013) at the council meeting Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe secured an amendment to the Core Strategy document that the development would be subject to consultation with residents, businesses and community facilities on the site and in the local area.