The South Downs National Park planning committee has turned down a load of planning applications at Lewes Racecourse including plans for loads of fencing and a cinder road, much of it already in place.

Rejected track and fencing at Lewes old racecourse

(picture-  permission for this track and fencing, together with other fencing erected since the picture was taken has been refused)

The National Park also turned down plans for a manaege (a surfaced training rectangle for horses)

The only thing that they agreed to was the retention of a crucifix that has been put up near the main track up to the racecourse.

Vic Ilent, the district council member for the area and Robert Cheesman of the Friends of Lewes spoke strongly against the applications being granted.  The Open Spaces Society, the South Downs Society and many others submitted written objections.

But do not get too excited.    Speakers for the applicants were able to allege that some or all of the application was existing fencing that had been authorised in the 1980s and 1990s and officers were unable to contradict them because they had not brought the relevant information with them.  Expect new applications for fencing that is alleged to be “existing” and legally erected. If you can remember the  area in the 1980s and 1990s and can say where the fences were, please get in touch. At contact@leweseye.co.uk

But there is no reason why the road shown in the picture should not now be taken up.

You can see which applications were discussed here and by copying and pasting the application numbers and pasting them into the search box here.  You can see the web cast of the meeting here

Chris Smith for the Lewes Eye