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The Depot - Public consultation (sat)

On 28 Mar 2014 at 8:16am Deelite 2 wrote:
Have just found out that there's a public consultation at the old Harvey's Depot in Pinwell Street (just south of the Station) tomorrow, Saturday 29/3 12-3pm.

On show are the proposed plans for the cinema/arts complex. The organisers have said that they are looking for feedback from Lewes residents. Proposed plans include a cinema, function room(s), restaurant/café and courtyard (with trees?!).

It seems like an exciting project and it could provide the centre that Lewes has been crying out for for years. Well worth a look tomorrow I think.
On 28 Mar 2014 at 8:45am Border Control wrote:
They might regret getting the locals involved !
On 28 Mar 2014 at 9:26am tom wrote:
The planning application is online at the Southdowns Planning Portal. It's a cinema and restaurant. The 3D drawings look brilliant to me.
Re-using a brownfield site that has lied derelict for years, in the centre of Lewes and a community cinema is exactly what we need. It's not on green fields and it's good good transport links too.
I'm sure there'll be moaners about maybe parking or access. And there'll be a few people living on Landsdowne Place that will make a fuss but overall for Lewes i think it's brilliant.
On 28 Mar 2014 at 10:50am Lewes Depot wrote:
Hi Tom, the plans on the SDNP site are old. We have been working with another team of architects since December last year and now have, what I think, is a very friendly, considerate, inviting design. We have listened to issues raised in the past and are pleased to say that we are now keeping the existing building in its entirety keeping all features are are all fond of seeing when we come out of Lewes station. Please come and have a look and tell us what you think. Tomorrow 12-3pm, next week Saturday 2-5pm. Consultation takes place at The Depot on Pinwell Road.
On 28 Mar 2014 at 11:08am tom wrote:
That's a shame - the abandoned plans looked great to me. The NIMBYs of Lewes hate change even if it is a brilliant community asset on an abandoned brownfield site!
I assume fewer external changes mean the NIMBYs should have less to moan about (won't stop them though!) and it will have a better chance of planning approval.
On 28 Mar 2014 at 11:18am Local wrote:
Are there any plans online?
On 28 Mar 2014 at 1:01pm The Kronic wrote:
It'll get thrown out because one of the vocal minority will object to a shelf being in the wrong place or the wrong type of door handles.
On 28 Mar 2014 at 2:15pm belladonna wrote:
I think it's brilliant - state of the art cinema showing latest releases rather than a cold former church with poor screen. Have to say the Lewes cinema has improved with the new venue and their screenings are much better than All Saints. I'm looking forward to being able to attend matinees again on a weekday, rather than always being constarined by weekend showings
On 28 Mar 2014 at 4:22pm TDA wrote:
Can't wait, get on with it!!
On 28 Mar 2014 at 6:29pm Half mad half biscuit wrote:
Yeah. Sod the planners, just build it!
On 28 Mar 2014 at 11:26pm lewes resident wrote:
this is such a good idea what an asset for the town, who would want to go and sit in an uncomfortable seat in a hot claustrophobic room that the Lewes cinema is in now and still charging high prices.not me for one.
On 29 Mar 2014 at 7:19am Zebedee wrote:
Mostly my family go to see the popular blockbusters of the moment, films that can be enjoyed by 10-15 year olds and adults. Often these films take advantage of 3D technology and surround sound so All Saints and Lewes Cinema don't cut it and we drive to Uckfield (or occasionally Brighton). We always eat and have a drink after, if in Uckfield at Pizza Express.
The Depot, combining restaurant/cafe/bar with a number of modern fully equiped screens looks just the thing to me. I'd love to be able to stroll through Lewes with my family for a bite to eat and to watch a great film.
I think the type of catering will be very important.

I'd love it if could aspire to be more than a cinema and restaurant though, perhaps with an element of arts centre and meeting place (think the Brighton Dome bar and foyeur). I love street theatre too and the centre might think about supporting local theatre, art, performance art and even music etc... an outdoor space for this sort of thing would be marvellous too.

Sadly, by the time it gets built my kids are all likely to have bu**ered off!
On 29 Mar 2014 at 10:35am Lewes Beady Mill wrote:
I take it that the people behind Lewes Cinema are also involved in this project? Otherwise they'd probably be on here rubbishing it.
On 29 Mar 2014 at 11:57am Cheeky Monkey wrote:
That's probably them in the thread above.
On 31 Mar 2014 at 1:31pm annmarie wrote:
how long till the cinema will be built cant wait : )
On 31 Mar 2014 at 4:54pm Lewes Cinema wrote:
Ahem, Lewes Cinema rarely visits this forum, but when we do we post under the name of 'Lewes Cinema' only. And we are not in the business of rubbishing other cinemas.
But.. this depot cinema was supposed to be open last Summer according to the press release, what happened?
On 1 Apr 2014 at 8:18pm belladonna wrote:
LC - Initial plans were turned down. The developer took note and engaged with the local community and came up with some absolutely brilliant plans. I saw them last saturday and was bowled over, they are excellent. Fingers crossed they get consent and get underway. The developer is someone who loves Lewes and lives in the town, loves cinema and wants to make a genuine investment in the community - a 21st century philanthropist.
On 1 Apr 2014 at 11:00pm Deelite 2 wrote:
They decided it was best not to use the plans they had inherited (and attempted to adapt) but to start the design again.

I too saw the plans at the weekend. Fantastic. It's going to be a real boon for Lewes.
On 2 Apr 2014 at 3:10pm Alison wrote:
Not seen the plans yet but sounds a fab idea. Bit mean to rubbish the existing little theatre and church film clubs !!
I moved here Nov 2012 and am really impressed by this small towns 'cinemas'. Better than a lot of bigger places.
Was hoping the new plans would involve the existing nice people who have made the effort to put films on ?

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