Land at South Downs Road, Lewes
Client:River Oak Homes Ltd
Location:Land at South Downs Road, Lewes
Authority:South Downs National Park Authority
ECE Planning are delighted to announce that full planning permission has been obtained for a mixed use development on Land at South Downs Road, Lewes.
The mixed use development includes a building
comprising of 22 no. dwellings and two ground floor office units (equalling a
total of 170sqm). The proposals also received consent for associated parking,
landscaping and for the construction of an acoustic boundary fence on the
In 2015, ECE received consent for 79 residential
dwellings and a 4 storey block of 2182sqm of commercial (B1) floor space at the site. With regards to the previous consent, the proposals also
received consent for the relocation of bicycle store to basement level and the
subdivision of 1no. flat to create 1no. additional flat.
Upon receiving the original consent, it had been
recognised through comprehensive viability studies and market testing that the
commercial element of the approved scheme (2182sqm of ‘B1’ floorspace) would
not be viable to deliver.
Furthermore, as supported by the SDNPA Peer Review, the approved
office scheme was a ‘potentially risky
proposition, finding little evidence to suggest that it would be commercially
successful’. In addition to this, the peer review also acknowledged that
there was ‘little evidence to show that
the Lewes commercial market could support a large office development’.
Working alongside ECE Architecture, ECE Planning demonstrated that the proposed residential scheme involved no change in the footprint or size of the approved commercial building and therefore resulted in no harm to neighbouring amenities or privacy.
It was also demonstrated that the residential use
would result in less vehicular movements than the commercial use. The reduction
in vehicular movements was considered to significantly reduce the effect on the
Ashdown Forest and not increase any related air quality implications.