Demsoc was asked to provide independent facilitation for the consultation events around the proposed redevelopment of the Phoenix Estate and North Street area in Lewes, East Sussex. The estate makes up about a quarter of Lewes town centre and is currently an industrial estate and car parks. Located by the river, north of the Phoenix Causeway, it was the site of the Phoenix Iron and Steel Works also known as: The Phoenix Foundry. The area was badly flooded in 2000. There have been a number of attempts to redevelop the area since.
The Lewes District Council and South Downs National Park Authority Joint Core Strategy, allocates the area for redevelopment to provide around 350 homes and a mixed used development. The area is in the centre of Lewes is by the river.
The first public consultation events took place in January 2013 and saw 632 people attend, with 278 questionnaires with 358 other comments left. The more detail about the consultation can be found in the final report which is available here.
The second consultation events took place in September and October 2013 and saw 358 people attend and 140 questionnaires completed. You can download the executive summary of the report here and the full report here.
The third North Street Quarter public consultation workshops were on 26th and 27th March 2014. 568 people came and 197 questionnaires were completed. You can download the full report from the consultation here or the Executive Summary here.
Demsoc also took part in Children’s Takeover Day at the Priory School in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, working with design team members, sixteen students from the 2012 Year 10 GCSE Business Studies class took a tour of the site and then discussed ideas for the site. In 2013 we visited Priory School and held two workshops getting feedback on the masterplan proposals. You can read the report of this here.
The planning application has been accepted for the proposed redevelopment of the North Street and Phoenix Industrial Estate area of Lewes. You can view it on the South Downs National Park Authority’s website. The reference is SDNP/15/01146/FUL.
You can find the current details of the project on the North Street Quarter website.