The cycle route between Sidford and Sidbury was put on the back burner after the planning application for a 'business park' was rejected:
Futures Forum: Sidford business park > Fords planning application >>> 16/0669/MOUT >>> REFUSED: but "countryside will still be developed"
However, the campaign goes on:
Futures Forum: Campaigning for a safe cycle path for Sidford to Sidbury
And, indeed, the 'first stage' is going to happen:
Futures Forum: 'First stage' of Sidford to Sidbury cycle/walkway ... 'could be installed in the autumn'
Furthermore, it looks as though alternative routes between Sidford and Sidbury are to be revisited:
Riverside route could be revisited for Sidford-Sidbury link - News - Sidmouth Herald
Although, observations have been made about who is actually calling the shots:
Landowners know best what’s good for the community | East Devon Watch
Here is the print version of the Herald's article:
Breaking news & sport in Sidmouth | Sidmouth Herald