Saturday, 24 May 2014

"It is possible to develop employment opportunities in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty without 'ruining' what makes it special."

The proposal to build a veterinary practice on the edge of Sidmouth was approved last summer:
New vets backed in Sidmouth AONB - News - Sidmouth Herald

This was after the first and second applications had been turned down:
10/2522/OUT | Outline application proposing the construction of a veterinary centre with all matters reserved. | Sidmouth Garden Centre Stowford Sidmouth EX10 0NA
11/1142/OUT | Erection of veterinary centre (revised proposal) | Sidmouth Garden Centre Stowford Sidmouth EX10 0NA

The final application was submitted in 2012:
12/1942/COU | Change of use to veterinary practice | Woolbrook Post Office 12 Woolbrook Road Sidmouth EX10 9UU

Not everyone has been happy with the location:

Wanted: alternative sites for a Vets’ practice in Sidmouth/ Sidford

22 May 2013
Parking at the Vets’  has long been a problem for Sid Valley pet owners. Is the only answer to build a new centre on farmland in Sidford’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), bringing more traffic to this part of the A3052?
The Sidmouth Herald, 17 May, has an article about the latest (third)  proposal for a  new Vets’ surgery that would share the Garden Centre car park owned by Councillor Ian Barlow. The Herald report shows a picture of a possible green-roofed building (but no cars near it), which might look good elsewhere.
Are there other, better, suggestions for a convenient in-town site.. away from a busy main road, perhaps?
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5 Responses to “Wanted: alternative sites for a Vets’ practice in Sidmouth/ Sidford”

  1. Not a DevelopetMay 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm #
    Mr Pickles says local authorities should be more creative about how they use their buildings and having new uses for their accommodation now they are downsizing, though there seems to be no sign of this at EDDC – so is obvious – The Knowle!
  2. ThermadoreMay 23, 2013 at 7:20 am #
    Cranbrook. We don’t want any development here.
  3. Not a DeveloperMay 23, 2013 at 8:27 am #
    On the contrary, well thought out and well designed development in the right place would be welcomed with open arms.
  4. sidmouthsidMay 23, 2013 at 8:48 am #
    As far as we know, Cranbrook isn’t part of Sidmouth/Sidford yet.
    Brownfield sites for housing in Sidmouth have already been spotted by developers, as you probably know, Thermadore. Construction currently in progress on site of the old Fortfield Hotel, and in Mill Street, for example.
    And as Not a Developer says, premises at Knowle could be used more creatively…Would part of one car park there be a good site for a new Vets’ surgery? Poorly animals and their anxious owners could then relax in the park to aid recuperation. Wonder if EDDC’s new Member Champion for Health and Welfare, Cllr Peter Sullivan, might promote this idea?
  5. hibouMay 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm #
    I thought a veterinary surgery was opening in the Old Post Office at Woolbrook. At least planning permission was granted last September.

Wanted: alternative sites for a Vets’ practice in Sidmouth/ Sidford | Sidmouth Independent News 

From the Sid Vale Association:

Planning approved for new Veterinary Practice on Sidford AONB

EDDC’s Development Management Committee have today given the green light for a Veterinary Centre to be built on agricultural land next to Sidmouth Garden Centre.  This sets an unfortunate precedent  for ribbon development alongside the A3052, and yet more steady loss of the irreplaceable Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
For a reminder of the Sid Vale Association’s formal objection, click here  

  1. Very strange given that approval was not recommended and the reasons given for rejection the last two times an application has been made have not changed.

Planning approved for new Veterinary Practice on Sidford AONB | Save Our Sidmouth

However, the applicant is determined that the development be seen as a positive addition to the landscape, as reported yesterday in the Herald:

Latest local news & information in Sidmouth | Sidmouth Herald

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