At a lengthy South Downs National Park Planning Committee meeting today (Thursday 10th December 2015) the committee unanimously voted to approve the Santon-LDC planning application subject to a number of conditions being met and this work has now been delegated to the SDNPA’s Director of Planning Tim Slaney in conjunction with the Chair of Planning Neville Harrison.
The application was a full planning application (Phase 1) for the demolition of existing buildings, provision of infrastructure, construction of access off Phoenix Causeway and associated highway improvements, flood defences, erection of new buildings of up to 4 storeys, comprising 243 residential units (Class C3) [including 51 extra care units (Class C2/C3)]; 4185m2 (Class B1 and A1, A2, A3, A4 and D2 uses) flexible work space including creative community space, assembly and leisure uses and restaurant; Class D1 medical and health services [Health Hub including pharmacy]; creation of areas of public realm, cycle and car parking provision, including public parking, riverside pedestrian route, footbridge over the River Ouse and associated landscaping.
There was also an outline application (Phases 2 & 3) for the demolition of existing buildings, construction of flood defences, provision of infrastructure, enhancements to recreational facilities at Malling Fields and Pells Park, the erection of new buildings of up to 3 storeys comprising up to 173 residential units (Class C3) with details relating to access, layout and scale for approval and details relating to appearance and landscaping reserved for subsequent approval.
The committee members present were David Coldwell, Neville Harrison (Chair), Barbara Holyome, Doug Jones, Tom Jones, Gary Marsh, Robert Mocatta & Ian Phillips.
Margaret Paren, Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, said “This is a major application which our planning committee has considered in detail – listening closely to all viewpoints. We recognise that our decision won’t be universally welcomed but we believe that it offers the best possible use of this brownfield site for the future of Lewes and the people who live here, including much-needed flood defences and drainage for the whole town and space for recreational facilities.”
Click here to read what Santon and LDC have to say about it.