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North Street quarter

On Tue 28 Jan at 1:06pm Nevillman wrote:
Driving or taking the train to London you see a lot of new housing developments on greenfield sites. Apparently building on a brown field site is much more expensive. I have heard figures between 30% and 50% quoted as the extra cost. While it is easy to build on green fields, I can't see why any developer will want to take on the north Street quarter. The price of the completed buildings is unlikely to be significantly higher than the price of a new building on the outskirts of Crawley I would have thought. This must be the reason for the lack of action down there. Any thoughts?
On Tue 28 Jan at 3:05pm SHS wrote:
Fair point, but probably only one of many reasons. Recall that the original plans and sale were agreed when property was booming and largely before the recent crash in viability of many retail operations. Perhaps the developers are just waiting for a more favourable tax regime and the next boom in property. Right now almost nobody is moving house and there are numerous empty retail units in Lewes for which there is no demand. To me, the best option for North Street would be to put up some cheap and cheerful low-rent industrial units (some still remain!) to encourage small-scale manufacturing and other industry, and so local jobs.
On Tue 28 Jan at 11:13pm Basil wrote:
Charles Style - with certain councillors in his pocket - seems so long ago. And all the useful idiots saying, 'But he's going to give us a cinema and something for young people'.

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