Futures Forum: An 'inter-modal freight depot' by any other name >>> >>> also known as: a giant Lidl's warehouse on the M5
... the way this is being considered in the still-draft Local Plan might provoke a question or two...
Firstly, as covered in the previous posting, there's the question about how many 'jobs' have been promised for this site:
Sainsbury's said in 2014 it was postponing plans for a depot on the site employing up to 450 people.
Sainsbury's plans to sell Exeter depot site - BBC News
Secondly, due to some sleight of bureaucratic hand, this site has not been designated as an 'employment site':
6 Spatial Strategy:
The Intermodal interchange covers a site area of around 44 hectares but on account of its unique nature as part of the transport infrastructure is not counted as an employment site/in employment land calculations.
If we look further down at the 'totals' for 'Employment Land Provision and Allocations', we have a total of 179.4 Hectares:
Non Strategic Allocations: 28.85
Total Allocations = 150.55 Hectares
of which 121.7 hectares will come forward through strategic allocation sites
and 28.85 ha through non-strategic provision.
A commentator notes that:
From the total of 179.5 Hectares, 105.5 is already committed and 72 hectares will come forward through strategic location sites and non-strategic provision.
(But the total does not include 22.7, as this is already built)
Note: With so much development in the west we don't need a competitor site in Sidford, (which has poor connectivity and would increase traffic volume in village and on A3072)
Futures Forum: Questions remain about the Sidford business park
Futures Forum: Employment land proposals for Sidmouth >>> the latest draft Local Plan
Futures Forum: Proposals for a business/retail park at Sidford are removed from the draft Local Plan >>> further reports