More than 1,500 sign up to demolition protest

The Argus: Businesses and traders at Phoenix Place, Lewes are against the proposed plans for redevelopment of the estate in favour of an hotel and office space Businesses and traders at Phoenix Place, Lewes are against the proposed plans for redevelopment of the estate in favour of an hotel and office space

A petition against plans to demolish part of Lewes has gained more than 1,500 signatures.

Campaigners want to stop proposals which threaten the Phoenix Industrial Estate.

Lewes District Council’s core strategy plan highlights the area, known as the North Street Quarter, as an area for redevelopment.

The core strategy, due to be discussed today, includes a masterplan which 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.

But campaigner Samira Harris 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.”

Investment

She has launched an online petition at change.org to try and convince the council to amend the plans to retain the estate, arguing investment in the current site would be money better spent.

It has so far attracted more than 1,500 signatures, which will be used as part of representations at the meeting of the full council today at 2.30pm.

Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) said they wished to reassure campaigners the debate on the Core Strategy for Lewes District will not have any immediate impact on the North Street area of the town.

“Any resolutions, we make on draft planning policies tomorrow will not have an immediate impact on the area,” said Councillor Tom Jones, Lewes District Council’s Lead Councillor for Planning and Lewes District’s representative SDNPA Member.

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5:25pm Wed 5 Dec 12

John Steed says...

get real, only one section of buildings, the old MLG garages and the old fire station date back a hundred years, the rest are units erected after the demolition of the foundary over various years with a number put up after the railway causeway and bridge were removed in the early 70's, they may well have had a high occupancy but they are all past their sell by date, not energy efficient etc. the plan for redevelopement has been around for years, and leases were not being renewed by the owners as long as ten years ago there is nothing on the site of architectural intrest, lewes willbe well served by the proposed developement.
get real, only one section of buildings, the old MLG garages and the old fire station date back a hundred years, the rest are units erected after the demolition of the foundary over various years with a number put up after the railway causeway and bridge were removed in the early 70's, they may well have had a high occupancy but they are all past their sell by date, not energy efficient etc. the plan for redevelopement has been around for years, and leases were not being renewed by the owners as long as ten years ago there is nothing on the site of architectural intrest, lewes willbe well served by the proposed developement. John Steed

7:21am Thu 6 Dec 12

oooohhhhh says...

The headline refers to demolition but this is misleading; the plan is actually to develop and improve the site to create new homes and employment space. Personally I'd urge them to get on with it - the sooner the better.
The headline refers to demolition but this is misleading; the plan is actually to develop and improve the site to create new homes and employment space. Personally I'd urge them to get on with it - the sooner the better. oooohhhhh

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