Thursday, 28 May 2015

District Council draft Local Plan: consultation to 12th June: and the Sidford business park

The District Council has put its latest draft local plan out to consultation:
Futures Forum: District Council draft Local Plan: consultation to 12th June
The new Local Plan - East Devon

There are fears that the Inspector will not be convinced by many of the proposals:
Futures Forum: District Council draft Local Plan: "It seems as if the council has failed to provide satisfactory answers to any of the Inspector's questions."
Inspector challenges East Devon council with questions over new Local Plan | Exeter Express and Echo

... even though the District Council agreed to removing the employment allocation at Sidford:

He has made it clear that it will be he who decides what is included - or excluded:

Sidford Business Park still in Local Plan. Comments must be submitted by midday on 12 June.

May 25, 2015

East Devon District Council released their latest version of the Local Plan for consultation a few weeks ago. You can find their invitation to comment here:

and you can find the Sidmouth chapter of the revised LP here:

EDDC continued their proposals to allow up to 50 dwellings at the Knowle, 20 at Manstone, and 30 at Port Royal as in their last version.

They did omit the Employment land at Sidford. But in doing so they said that there may be a need to consider “a new Employment site on the northern edge of Sidmouth”: a location undefined by them.

The Inspector has said that any replies MUST be related to the changes in the Local Plan by EDDC, and that he will not consider other comments. He has also said very significantly for SOS that as EDDC submitted their original Local Plan with the Sidford site included, they cannot now remove it and he will be the one to decide whether it is omitted.

If you are interested in making a Representation, then please note the above. THE SIDFORD SITE IS MOST IMPORTANT and we do need comments that add to the need to exclude it.
These are:

• Devon Wildlife Trust has issued a Report that says that the water quality of the Sid is reasonable, it is very fragile and additional discharges will pollute it.
• Any proposals to build at Sidford will need raising of the ground by about 2 metres to preclude flooding. This will mean vastly increased Visual Intrusion.
• The existing Alexandria Road Industrial Estate now has increased capacity since the National Grid site was purchased by a current employer on this Industrial Estate. Consequently, there is even less need now for a new site elsewhere.
• Sidmouth does not need a new Employment site for 1400 new workers, as proposed.

Richard Thurlow
Chair, Save Our Sidmouth

Sidford Business Park still in Local Plan. Comments must be submitted by midday on 12 June. | Save Our Sidmouth

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