The application was refused on the grounds that it was an overdevelopment of the site which would impact on neighbours and the character of the area;
The appellant considers its proposal is quite alright:
Appeal lodged against refusal of multi-million pound redevelopment plans for East Devon's HQ | Devon Live
Especially in that it 'will sit comfortably within the parkland and townscape context':
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: PegasusLife grounds of appeal
This is not very convincing:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: >>> a far more imposing development than assumed >>> "in your face"
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: the setting of the Listed folly - and challenging the mass and positioning of the buildings
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: >>> a far more imposing development than assumed >>> "Until PegasusLife provide a proper Townscape and Visual Impact Statement covering all the views and perspectives on this massive development, (2.1 times the size recommended in the Local Plan), the DMC should not be asked to make a fair and accurate assessment of the proposal's worthiness for Sidmouth."
The Devon Live website carries a picture of how the development would impact on Sidmouth, from the Bickwell Valley:
Retirement village plan for East Devon Council's Knowle HQ rejected | Devon Live
Other photo-montages were made at the time.
Here is a montage of the view from Alma Bridge: the outlines are not perfect but the heights are accurate as demonstrated by helium balloon last October:
Here is the current view with existing roof line for comparison:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: planning application to be considered by District Council: Tuesday 6th December >>> planning officers brush aside planning policies