Saturday, 23 June 2018

Sidford business park >>> campaign group's sixth update >>> deadline for comment on planning application extended

The last communications from the group campaigning against the proposed industrial estate reminded objectors of the deadline:
Futures Forum: Sidford business park >>> campaign group's fourth update >>> deadline for comment on planning application = Friday 15th June

That deadline was in fact extended:
Futures Forum: Sidford business park >>> deadline for comment on planning application extended by two weeks

Here's the latest from Say No to Sidford Business Park:

Campaign Update 6

Hopefully you are enjoying the beautiful weather here in the Sid Valley.

To date there have been 211 submissions to East Devon District Council regarding the planning application to build the business park at Sidford. Of those 211 submissions, 97% (204) are objecting to the proposed development. That shows the real concern that local residents have with the planning application.

Despite that it says on the District Council’s website that the consultation has concluded, it has not!

Whilst the date set for receipt of submissions was 15 June, those of you who were present at the recent public meeting called by the campaign will recall that at the end of the meeting Councillor Mike Howe who chairs the District Council’s Development Management Committee, assured the audience that submissions would be still accepted beyond that date.

The Development Management Committee considers and makes determinations on planning applications and so Councillor Howe’s word has authority. Councillor Howe was recently asked to clarify what the latest date would be for members of the public to make submissions which would be taken into account by the Development Management Committee.

In response Councillor Howe has confirmed in an email -

I said that we would receive all comments up to the night before a decision, although I didn’t specify when a decision would be made I did state that for people to be safe that responses should be made in the next 3 weeks, from that meeting, as we will not make a decision in that time.

But we cannot change the date for submissions on the website as this is a set date for all consultations.

I hope that helps.

Cllr Mike Howe, Chair Development Management Committee, East Devon District Council

What this means is that if anyone still wants to make a submission, or to supplement their existing submission, then there is still time for them to do so. Councillor Howe confirmed in his email that submissions could still be made by this coming Tuesday 26 June (that’s three weeks from the date of our public meeting).

Indeed, Councillor Howe has stated that submissions would still be valid up to and including the night before the date that the Development Management Committee meets to consider the planning application. That date still seems to be many weeks away.

So, if you or anyone you know still has not yet submitted their objection to the planning application, now’s the time to do so as every submission counts!

WRITE TO: Planning Central, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL or email: PlanningCentral@eastdevon.gov.uk.

QUOTE PLANNING REFERENCE: 18/1094/MOUT: Outline Application for the development of Employment Facilities on Land Adjacent to Two Bridges, Two Bridges Road Sidford.

Remember, if you have made a submission then you will be able to claim speaking rights at the Development Management Committee meeting. That’s an added incentive to ensure that you have made a submission.

If you want to see what other people have said in their submissions, click on this link – https://planning.eastdevon.gov.uk/online-applications/. You will need to input the above planning reference to go to the related pages for the business park.

Perhaps though we should really call the business park what it would in reality be, an industrial estate!

Best wishes

Campaign Team

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