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Thursday, 12 September 2019 09:02

Lewes District Group AGM and Firle Talk, Tour and Tea

Written by CPRE Sussex

Lewes District members gathered in the beautiful East Sussex village of Firle, a village little changed and under the guardianship of the Firle Estate, for their AGM on 6th September. Huge thanks were expressed by all for the hard work and dedication of the committee members, particularly those standing down after many years in post.

Friday, 30 August 2019 13:25

Lewes District News, July 2019

Written by John Kay

Local district news from the CPRE Sussex team in the Lewes District.

We are delighted to invite you, your friends and family to our Lewes District Group’s AGM on 6th September to be held in Firle Village Hall, Firle starting at 1.15pm. Please find below the Agenda together with the minutes of the last meeting.

Thursday, 07 February 2019 09:01

Lewes District update, Feb 2019

Written by CPRE Sussex

CPRE Lewes submitted a response to the Lewes Local Plan part 2.

CPRE Sussex is urging Lewes District Council to urgently update its housing figures after discovering that the council could lose control of its Local Plan due a ‘mis-assessed’ shortfall of just 6 houses.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:34

Lewes District update

Written by John Kay

The Lewes Groups is concerned about one abuse already being operated in the house building business, and a second being lined up for the future through the Right Homes in the Right Places proposals recently consulted on.

Friday, 06 January 2017 13:54

Letter: We need new delivery model

Written by John Kay

Letter published Sussex Express
Thursday 5 January

If Kevin Froude thinks that granting planning permission for new housing at Mitchelswood Farm, Newick, will help solve the housing crisis then he is the one being naive. He certainly hasn’t understood this year’s Civitas and House of Lords reports, which show beyond all doubt that all it will achieve is to shift new housebuilding from sustainable urban brownfield locations, like Newhaven Marina or South Downs Avenue, Lewes, to the car-dependent rural greenfield sites in villages like Newick that house builders find more profitable.

The reports show that the recent increase in planning permissions has not been translated into extra housing. Instead developer land banks have grown.

So have the major house builders’ profits, as they focus on their most profitable sites. Their business model depends on steadily rising prices.

They will never choose to build enough houses to reduce prices, because it isn’t in their commercial interest. If we want more housing, then we need a new delivery model.

John Kay, CPRE Sussex
Rushey Green, Ringmer

Letter: Proposed housing makes "undeliverable promises" about housing "Lewes people".

Dear Sir

Ronald Moore is entitled to promote new housing on his land on the western edge of Lewes through your columns (Letters 14 October) but he should not use a disingenuous prospectus.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:47

Lewes District AGM

Written by CPRE Sussex

The Annual General Meeting of the Lewes District was held on Saturday 10 October in Cooksbridge. The meeting was well attended by CPRE members. Following Professor Critchley's re-election as Chairman, Maria Caulfield - MP for Lewes (also pictured) spoke about her interest in farming and supporting rural communities against the threat of inappropriate development. Mr Ian Everest gave a very interesting presentation about Southdown Shepherds.

Monday, 15 June 2015 07:41

Lewes District Council Regeneration Project

Written by John Kay

Some years ago Lewes District Council embarked on a Regeneration Strategy, to identify superfluous council-owned sites that might be put to good alternative uses, such as the provision of affordable housing, or sold to realise assets. That seems an entirely sensible project. The council decided to seek a commercial partner to help it realise maximum value; again an entirely sensible precaution if the council itself lacked the necessary expertise.

As the project progressed, some concerns began to be raised. The principal issue was that, on the grounds of commercial confidentiality, the council refused to share with its residents, or even with its town and parish councils, which of the sites it owned were being considered for inclusion in its list of superfluous assets. The news did leak out that there were 49 of them, and there were strong rumours, not denied by the council, that the list included sites that were in current use in such roles as community centres, car parks and playing fields. The council steadfastly refused to explain or justify its plans and claimed exemption from FOI requests.

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