The proposals for an industrial estate between Sidford and Sidbury have always been controversial:
Futures Forum: Sidford business park: and Alexandria Rd business park and the Local Plan >>> so many questions and so few answers
They remain in the local plan:
Futures Forum: Sidford business park: "The council considered the allocation to be sound when the plan was submitted for examination and it defended the allocation at the hearing in February 2014. No new evidence has been submitted by the council to support its volte face."
As reported at the time:
Inspector includes Sidford business park in Local Plan - News - Sidmouth Herald
EDDC: Sidford business park will mean a ‘brighter future’ for town - News - Sidmouth Herald
An application has now been submitted:
16/0669/MOUT | Outline application accompanied by an Environmental Statement (with all matters reserved except access) for the development of up to 22,800sqm of floor space for use classes B1 (Office Light Industry), B2 (General Industry) and B8 (Storage and Distribution) with details of, and associated strategic landscaping for, the access, linking cycleway and footway, and flood improvements/attenuation. | Land Adjacent To Two Bridges Two Bridges Road Sidford
There are serious questions, however, as to whether this would pass the latest Environment Agency guidelines on flood risk:
Futures Forum: Sidford business park... and flooding: "Right now there are more questions than answers about how the new climate change guidance is going to be implemented. But be aware: this guidance is already a material consideration for all new planning applications and therefore, a valid reason for planning objections."