PLANS to demolish a bus station and replace it with housing have been recommended for rejection by a national park.
He gave the reasons for the lack of provisions for the relocation of the bus station, the lack of affordable housing in the plans and the arrogant form of development in a landscape conservation area.
The recommendation has been sent to the South Downs Planning Committee, which will decide on the application on September 8th.
Councilman Adrian Ross, who has led a campaign against the plans, welcomed the recommendation.
He said: “It’s great that South Downs officials have agreed to all our objections and made the right recommendation for residents, visitors, businesses and the environment alike.
“Although the final decision will be made by the planning committee, it’s hard to imagine them overturning the recommendation in favor of approval. It feels like you’ve won an important battle.”
East Sussex County Councilwoman Wendy Maples said developers should cancel plans to close the bus station to “avoid the traffic chaos that will inevitably follow”.
She said: “This is great news but we have yet to secure a permanent bus station for the city. We need a serious plan for future services and foreclosure should be on the agenda.”
Developer Generation Group last month repelled claims that the bus terminal’s closure would have a negative impact on passengers and businesses.
In a statement, they said: “After 18 months of engagement, we had to review our options for the site’s commercial future, including the potential for alternative revenue-generating uses.
Unfortunately, this requires securing the vacancy of the property.
“The site’s owner agreed at the time that East Sussex County Council and the bus companies, with a temporary licence, could continue to use the tarmac areas of the bus station for passenger drop-off and pick-up only.
“The site has not housed a bus station since Southdown Motor Services / Stagecoach sold it in 2006 when it was deemed no longer operational / viable and no longer used as a bus station, office and coach garage.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20862672.south-downs-recommend-refusal-lewes-bus-station-plans/?ref=rss South Downs recommends rejecting Lewes bus station plans