Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: Legal notice for 'Disposal' and 'Appropriation' of Open Space: further information
Indeed, many might consider this a 'swindle':
Knowle ‘grab’ - anger boils up in Sidmouth - News - Sidmouth Herald
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: "The great garden grab"
Meanwhile, the Guardian's architecture correspondent Oliver Wainwright has suggested that property developers are keen to offer potential buyers green vistas and plenty of trees:
The great garden swindle: how developers are hiding behind shrubbery
Oliver Wainwright Thursday 16 April 2015
From trees on bridges to magical parks, London’s most damaging developments are using green garnish as a decoy to distract from what’s really going on
Spring has sprung and developers are getting green-fingered. Across London, their planning applications are sprouting leaves and bursting into bloom. They’re promising trees on bridges and jungles in the clouds, sky-gardens and life-giving linear parks, along with a whole network of green ribbons weaving through town.
The great garden swindle: how developers are hiding behind shrubbery | Art and design | The Guardian
Developers do indeed like to dazzle with 'concepts' and PowerPoint and video:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and the Skypark fly-through: "Many a contentious proposal has shimmied through the planning process (and on to the sales office) on the back of a series of CGIs, gleaming evocations that are liable to be slight on detail and heavy on seductive gleam."
The agent Savills has made what's on offer at Knowle already very clear:
Sidmouth, EX10 8HL
Price on Application
Overall site approximately 4.76 acres (1.92 hectares)
Adjoining stunning parkland in the desirable town of Sidmouth
Available due to the relocation of East Devon District Council offices
Southerly sea views
Within ½ mile walk of Sidmouth town centre
Savills UK | The Knowle | Development | To Buy
commercialsearch.savills.co.uk/content/assets/3732/Brochure - Knowle 020914.pdf
One wonders what the current preferred bidder Pegasus will offer in the way of green vistas and plenty of trees with its upcoming planning application...
Here are some suitably green views from its current portfolio:
Malt Yard Apartments, Woodbridge, Suffolk | PegasusLife
A magnificent new development coming soon, situated in a stunning, historic landscape with extensive gardens and leisure spaces.
Developments in Sevenoaks, Kent | Portfolio | PegasusLife