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Church Twitten

On 4 Feb 2010 at 2:59pm Aroused Resident wrote:
To disguise the dirty goings-on in Church Twitten, the contractors have boarded the low wall in Walwer's Lane which is the area that people could view the site from. The boarding has been painted with orange trim (why waste money on boarding AND paint?).
From beneath the gaps on the boarding I am able to see that the walls on both sides of Church Twitten have been breached.
I did not think planning permission had been granted yet, or even an agreement about what to build there. If it has been approved, can someone inform me what precisely is to be built there?
On 4 Feb 2010 at 3:10pm Legion wrote:
A Mosque, and low cost housing for asylum seekers....should please some people on here
On 4 Feb 2010 at 3:11pm Ed Can Do wrote:
The cynic in me would suggest it'll be some badly built houses, completely out of keeping with the area, put up as quickly as possible to avoid any danger of being nixxed by the onset of national park-dom.
On 4 Feb 2010 at 3:19pm 'ere be monsters wrote:
Don't start Legion
On 4 Feb 2010 at 3:22pm Sylvia wrote:
Permission was granted over 2 years back. Breaking through the walls and then rebuliding the openings was also given the go ahead, with advice from English Heritage.
Go and look at the plans in the planning office
On 4 Feb 2010 at 3:23pm Legion amongst others wrote:
Ok sorry. I apologize. I'm bored sh*tless and have a tendency to talk out of my arse.
I think I need to go and do something else. Life is too short for virtual arguements with complete strangers.
On 4 Feb 2010 at 3:27pm Aroused Resident wrote:
TY Sylvia. There were so many applications, withdrawals, deferrals etc that I seem to have lost touch with what was actually approved. Vandalism of the Twitten walls has been approved (ha), can you give any indication about what is to be built on the land?
On 4 Feb 2010 at 3:39pm Ed Can Do wrote:
According to the planning meeting minutes, it's going to be 59 new homes, an open space and car parking, although I suspect not 59 parking spaces.

On 4 Feb 2010 at 3:55pm Down and Out wrote:
Completely by accident, I came across the scheme on the architects' website a while back. Google 'Acanthus LW' then go to Projects / Housing / Lewes House.

I hate it. It's exactly the kind of vacuous try-to-offend-no-one spineless crap you see everywhere. To be honest, this is exactly the kind of junk the planning process in this country breeds; lowest common denominator banal architecture born out of fear of upsetting the middle mass. We get the developments we deserve, sadly.
On 4 Feb 2010 at 4:54pm Old Cynic wrote:
Just had a look at the architects website - cheap nasty and totally lacking in imagination you are quite right in your description D&O.
There is no attempt to use local materials just cheap crap - slums of the future!
On 4 Feb 2010 at 6:04pm Aroused Resident wrote:
Mant thanks for the links. It is so unimaginative.
I suppose the good news is that it shows the height of one of the preserved trees on site and the proposed building should be significantly lower in height (at least 50% by the suggestive image).
Is this why the properties in the Printworks are not selling? Are they aware that their views are to be obliterated by this development?
On 4 Feb 2010 at 6:25pm Visionary wrote:
Any time an interesting, i.e. modern looking and imaginative development is proposed the locals go nuts, so thats why we end up will dull unimiginative sh*t! It's your own fault you nimby numpties!
On 4 Feb 2010 at 6:28pm Radical Visionary wrote:
As for the Lewes Coalition they might as well be labeled the no development ever at any time coalition! It would be ok if they weren't all DFLs' who now they have purchased there little bit of Lewes don't want houses built for anyone else including the offspring of true local people. tree hugging selfish b@stards
On 4 Feb 2010 at 6:48pm LTLR wrote:
Radical Visionary, How dare you call me a selfish b@stard, I moved to Lewes with my parents from Cooksbridge when I was 2 MONTHS OLD lived here all of my 65years, My Children worked hard saved and purchased their own home in Lewes, I am not a DFL, and I expect an apology from you, or are you the nasty b@stard now.Not all the members of the Coalition are from out of Lewes.
On 4 Feb 2010 at 6:49pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
What sh!te. Shame, their Hounslow tube station looked rather good imo.
I'm not convinced that it's public pressure that stops imaginative architecture in Lewes, I think it's fear on the part of planners and councillors. They haven't got the balls to support anything that's a bit different.
On 4 Feb 2010 at 9:02pm Old cynic wrote:
Visionary - these buildings are neither intresting nor imaginative. They are derivitive and bog standard. I have no problem with modern buildings but developers need to grow some balls and come up with something more Lewes and less Croyden circa 1989.
Why is it imposible to have a discussion without people being so nasty??
On 4 Feb 2010 at 10:32pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
What a shame - bland bland bland. where's the contemporary use of the vernacular ? Huge missed opportunity.
On 11 Feb 2010 at 6:03pm sprucer wrote:
Planners can't please everyone obviously. The last time a modern design came up in Lewes (and was approved!) it was denigrated by a Group of Lewesians. I think it is on Baxter's Field (The Avenue?) where an out-of-place bungalow is to be replaced by an architect-designed modern house.
It's good to see there are people who want some modern architecture in Lewes.

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