North Street Quarter Consultation: First report

Demsoc are providing independent facilitation for the consultation events around the North Street Quarter redevelopment. The first consultation events took place last month. The second set of consultation events will take place in the summer.

The first consultation events saw 632 people attend, with 278 questionnaires and 358 other comments left.

The final report on what people said is now available. You can read it in PDF on Scribd (use the download link, in orange, on that page).

The seven key issues that were raised in consultation are shown below.

1. The interest in affordable housing is based on an understanding that this will
benefit local people and not people from outside. There may be an expectation
that assurances can be given to this effect and some indication of the quantum of
affordable housing that will be provided.

2. The consultation process must continue to engage Lewes residents to allay
specific concerns, to address a degree of scepticism that seems to exist about
developments in general, and to engage a wider range of people across the town.

3. There seems to be a fairly strong pro-independent/anti-corporate feeling amongst
many respondents. This may need further exploration to establish a balance that
is likely to be acceptable and to determine what type of chains and retail mix
would be preferable, given town’s current retail offer.

4. Transport access issues during the development stage and after its completion are
likely to remain high on the agenda of local people, particularly those who live in
close proximity to the site.

5. There is concern about what will happen to the arts/creative and light industrial
businesses that are currently operating on the site, and solutions to their future
operation will need to be developed.

6. Green spaces and environmental sustainability are likely to remain important
components of the development for a number of people in the town.

7. The scale and height of buildings are important to many people and there seems
to be a preference for a mix of styles, which needs to be considered carefully in
the design phase.

If you have any questions, or any problems reading the document, please drop us a line at lewes@demsoc.org.

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