A PLANNING application to redevelop a former bus station into new homes and commercial space has been submitted. 

The proposed regeneration of the former bus station in Eastgate Street, Lewes, is for 40 homes, a commercial space and an attractive pedestrian area. 

The application was submitted to South Downs National Park Authority by property developer Generator Group, who purchased the site in April 2021.

The Argus: Visualisation of proposed new Eastgate Street development credit ECE ArchitectureVisualisation of proposed new Eastgate Street development credit ECE Architecture

A spokeswoman for the group said: “This brownfield town centre site has been identified by Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority for regeneration for over nineteen years and will significantly contribute towards the identified housing need for Lewes, helping reduce pressure to build in greenfield countryside locations.”

The property has not been used as a bus station since Southdown Motor Services/Stagecoach sold it in 2006.

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The former bus station facilities have since been let to various tenants including a café, a charity literature company, a builder for the storage of materials and a warehouse for furniture.

To assist with finding a longer-term solution, the group commissioned a transport consultancy to undertake a review of possible locations in Lewes town centre for the reprovision of the bus stops currently on site.