Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: revised plans from PegasusLife >>> "Have all the many issues, not least size, scale and suitability of design, now been addressed?"
And concerns there are many:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: revised plans from PegasusLife >>> "the massing and bulking of the buildings hasn’t been significantly altered"
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: revised plans from PegasusLife >>> "a devastating blow to the history and character of Sidmouth"
This photomontage is from PegasusLife, in the documents uploaded in August onto the District Council's website as part of their planning application:
16/0872/MFUL | The construction of an assisted living community for older people comprising extra care units, staff accommodation and communal facilities, including a kitchen, restaurant/bar/cafe, a well-being suite comprising gym, treatment rooms and pool, a communal lounge and storage facilities; car parking for residents, visitors and staff of the assisted living community; comprehensive landscaping comprising communal and private spaces; and associated groundworks. | Council Offices Knowle Sidmouth EX10 8HL
This letter appears in the latest Herald and is printed with permission:
I have emailed the Chief Planning Officer at East Devon District Council urging him, for the following reasons, either to recommend refusal of the PegasusLife application to build a giant retirement complex at Knowle Park, Sidmouth or to call for the applicant to re-submit with major changes:
1. recently uploaded documents show that PegasusLife have ignored his and the public's concerns about the close proximity to a listed building of two massive 60-foot high apartment blocks on the park lawns and also about the massing, scale and bulk of the development in relation to the public park and to nearby residential properties.
2. new photomontages from the applicant show that the Design Review Panel's report (submitted earlier but upon which EDDC is minded to justify approval) is based on false artistic impressions. The attached photomontage, for instance, taken from page 26 of PegasusLife's new Design Access Statement (document 2391416), shows the height of the proposed buildings on Knowle Drive to be roughly twice that suggested in the artist's impression.
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