Last year, developers wanting to create housing for the elderly in Sidford lost their appeal - because they were not providing affordable housing:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: developers lose appeal for 'retirement development' in Sidford >>> Reason: "lack of affordable housing is a critical issue in East Devon"
Even though officers had hesitated earlier:
Futures Forum: District Council gives way in Sidford over affordable housing: “Under government guidance, we are required to reduce our requirements where a development is unviable and so we have no real choice but to accept this position.”
It now seems that another application from the same developers will be rejected, with officers saying that there still isn't enough affordable housing.
Strange, as the same officers backed developers to do pretty much the same at Knowle:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and "sheer hypocrisy" >>> District Council planning officers reject the Green Close development over affordable housing and overage
The Herald reports:
Plans for former Green Close care home in Sidford recommended for refusal
Plans for former Green Close care home in Sidford recommended for refusal | Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald