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A Really Horrible Horrible Roof

On 10 Apr 2013 at 1:48pm TDA wrote:
Just my opinion. Walk up Chapel Hill and you'll see it, a big green thing overlooking the river, next to the canoeing boathouse. It's massive, out of character and I have no idea how something like that could get planning permission. Blimey.
On 10 Apr 2013 at 1:54pm Amanda wrote:
It might be the same horrendous industrial-like steel eco-heating/solar thingy the house with the curved roof has apparently and incredibly managed to get built - without needing planning permission (I kid you not!) - behind mine and other houses in South Street. I went along to Planning when they were first putting it up (which at the time was this sort of huge plastic bag wrapping that seemed to be up for years), enquiring what's it all about, and was told they didn't need planning permission as it was some sort of eco heating/solar thingy. Now they've unveiled it, I am even more flabbergasted as it's so ugly and ruins our view out the back now (sorry, sounds very NIMBY, but it's HIDEOUS! I keep meaning to go along to Planning to put in a complaint, but I've had urgent stuff on ...
On 10 Apr 2013 at 4:22pm Down South wrote:
Totally agree. unbelievable. But fat chance of the council tearing it down
On 10 Apr 2013 at 4:41pm Lewes born and bred wrote:
Is it really that much of a problem if it's only seen from the top of Chapel Hill ?
On 10 Apr 2013 at 4:47pm Down South wrote:
It isn't - that's TDA's view. Amanda is right about view from South Street houses, and across the river
On 10 Apr 2013 at 4:54pm No Pot Pourri wrote:
It is made of copper and replaces the previous roof. I will have a look from Chapel Hill when I have time.
On 11 Apr 2013 at 6:31am Peasant wrote:
We got a whole new mansion at Ham Farm, Ringmer, without any planning application for public discussion or comment.
Amazing what you can get away with under the new Osborne-driven planning rules. I'm told you could now turn county hall into flats as permitted development, without any local consultation. Actually there are a few empty office blocks in Lewes where this might be a good thing. How many years has the NHS-owned Springman House, on the corner of North Street and Lancaster Street, been empty now? What is happening to the former Primary Care Trust offices on Friars Walk now that the PCTs have gone?
On 11 Apr 2013 at 8:17am Planning man wrote:
There are no 'new Osbourne-driven planning rules'.The Tories have not changed the planning rules. All they done is suggest that permitted development rights are extended for adding a single storey extension to the back of a house from 4m to 8m. But then their councils complained and the Government went quiet (apart from a leaked meeting a cabinet minister had with their Tory developer friends where they said they were 'going to' relax planning law).
On 11 Apr 2013 at 2:55pm Merlin Milner wrote:
Amanda. I believe the attached is the planning application for this building.

Check it out here »
On 11 Apr 2013 at 4:41pm Dave wrote:
I saw that building from the Railway land last weekend, it looks like some hideous World War II bunker from across the river
On 11 Apr 2013 at 5:19pm Sue wrote:
If you walk down South Strret you get a good view of this horrible vanity project between the arch way of the new build houses "the Moorings", think I preferred the scaffolding and constant building work to the actual reality of the bunker.Can't wait for the summer when the trees may cover it up.
On 11 Apr 2013 at 9:44pm Extrapolating Edison wrote:
That don't work Merv. What's the planning app number?
On 12 Apr 2013 at 9:07am Merlin Milner wrote:
On 12 Apr 2013 at 11:13am belladonna wrote:
Spotted it yesterday as we walked up Chapel Hill. It really does look odd - almost plastic. Hubby called it a 'giant wheely bin'. Can't believe it's made of copper - already tarnished I presume ? it'll probably be gone in a few weeks, given the amount of copper thieving that goes on....
On 12 Apr 2013 at 11:16am TDA wrote:
... "Approved by the Design & Conservation Officer". Well, congratulations and a big round of applause to that clever person then!!
I know it's not the end of the world etc., but you would normally expect to see a building like that further up the road on the industrial estate. Maybe as a factory unit or a storage facility for hazardous waste.
You may have to plant some giant redwoods and wait 500 years Sue... meanwhile I'll try to imagine it's not there when admiring the view.
On 12 Apr 2013 at 3:26pm Zebedee wrote:
Sounds like the LDC Design and Conservation Officer might not have any more nous that the LDC 'Assistant' Design and Conservation Officer, who definitely needs some help with her arse and her elbow.
On 12 Apr 2013 at 3:45pm Countryman wrote:
And dealt with by LCD planner Andrew Hill. No surprises there then.
On 12 Apr 2013 at 5:04pm Down South wrote:
Nice one Belladonna
On 12 Apr 2013 at 7:23pm TDA wrote:
Wheelie bin. Hahaha
On 16 Apr 2013 at 5:23pm Amanda wrote:
I was categorically told by Planning Dept receptionist when I visited a year or so ago when the thing started going up that as it was some eco / heating thingy, it didn't need planning permission, so confused that it eventually did need permission as Merlin has confirme, and more worryingly that it was approved. I keep checking out my back window to see if it's more of a nightmare in my imagination than reality - sadly it seems to get worse every time I look at it. Sad, as I've not much of a view and that was the most pleasing aspect (before dolts with no taste/sense of community thought otherwise). I've submitted a complaint by email to said P Dept a week or so ago and surprise surprise have received no reply as yet.
On 16 Apr 2013 at 9:46pm Done deal wrote:
Too late to complain now. All you can call for is inept planner Andrew Hill's head on a platter.
On 17 Apr 2013 at 10:38am Amanda wrote:
Yes, you're right, too late now. There must have been some notice somewhere alerting neighbours to the planning application (which obviously i missed) and in the local paper. I will write a letter of complaint to Andrew Hill though ...
On 17 Apr 2013 at 1:57pm belladonna wrote:
There's a similar green plastic-looking roof on a building down Brooks road, near the PO collection depot. Nice. NOT. But at least it's on a semi-industrial-like building/ warehouse. I like modernism but I really don't get it when people insist on making their houses look like factories in the name of contemporary architecture. It's faddish and a selfish whim that does not add to the townscape at all.

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