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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.

Local author Helen Peter's book The Secret Hen House Theatre has been shortlisted for the 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize. The kids' book was inspired by a real-life struggle to safe the farm she grew up on in Ringmer, Plashett Park Farm, from being destroyed by South East Water's £90m proposal to flood the area to create their proposed Clayhill Resevoir.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 13:30

April 2015: Lewes District Report

Written by John Kay

This has been a challenging year in Lewes.

The District's claim to a 5-year housing supply was lost at an appeal early in 2014. This led to a number of applications for development of rural greenfield sites in the Low Weald villages being rushed forward. These were taking advantage of the consequent presumption in favour of sustainable development and offering only the low, historic, level of affordable housing required by the old 2003 Local Plan rather than the 40% shown to be viable for such sites and included in the new Local Plan.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 12:21

New submissions

Written by CPRE Sussex

Documents submitted by Lewes CPRE Sussex district:

Friday, 26 September 2014 12:03

Local plan upates

Written by CPRE Sussex

Please note the following news updates to Local Plans in the Lewes district:

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