Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Sidford business park > new planning application submitted

Last year, an application for an industrial estate at Sidford was rejected:
Futures Forum: Sidford business park > Fords planning application >>> 16/0669/MOUT >>> no appeal lodged

Since then, it has been clear that any development would increase traffic levels to beyond tolerable levels:
Futures Forum: Sidford business park > and blocked roads: the videos
Futures Forum: Sidford business park > and blocked roads: "The proposed industrial site at Two Bridges Road can only exacerbate the traffic problems we already have."

A new application has just been submitted:

New plan for employment site at Sidford is submitted

PUBLISHED: 14:50 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:50 14 May 2018

New plans have today been submitted to turn countryside at Sidford into employment land.

An outline application has been submitted to East Devon District Council (EDDC) for a change of use at the site off Two Bridges Road.
The proposals, submitted by applicants Mike and Tim Ford, seek a change of use from agricultural land to employment land.
The application is to provide 8,445sqm - around tow acres - of new floorspace, new highway access, cycle and footway, improvements to flood attenuation, building layout and road layout, new hedgerow planting and associated infrastructure.
No more documents associated to the planning application have yet been released.
Controversial plans for a 9.3-acre business park, which could have created up to 300 jobs, were rejected by EDDC in September 2016.
The site is in the Area

Breaking: New plans for employment site at Sidford | Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald

With comment received from a correspondent:

Fords try again

On 14th May 2018,  a NEW Planning Application by Fords was submitted, by Fords again,  for a Sidford business park on land east of Two Bridges Road Although the application is described as ‘Major’, the public have just a few weeks to send in their comments. 

Public consultation from now until 15 June 2018. 
Comments to be sent in writing to  EDDC Planning Officer, Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth EX10 8HL or by email to planningcentral@eastdevon.gov.uk

Some Notes,  for residents’ information: 

A) The outline planning permission is sought for change of use from agricultural to employment land (B1, B8 & D1 uses).
B2  has been replaced by D1: 
B1 Business - Offices (other than those that fall within A2), research and development of products and processes, light industry appropriate in a residential area.
B8 Storage or distribution - This class includes open air storage.
D1 Non-residential institutions - Clinics, health centres, crèches, day nurseries, day centres, schools, art galleries (other than for sale or hire), museums, libraries, halls, places of worship, church halls, law court. Non residential education and training centres.
Total is for 8,445sq m of floorspace = 37% of floorspace in previous application (16/0669),new highway access, cycle and footway,improvements to flood attenuation, building layout and road layout,new hedgerow planting and associated layout. 

B)The site is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, AONB; on a floodplain; and with traffic problems on access roads. Sidmouth has a very low unemployment rate.  

See also:
Futures Forum: The Local Plan and Sidford
Futures Forum: Sidford business park >>> "EDDC have manufactured a case for an employment site based on an erroneous assumption."

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