Futures Forum: Maintaining a balanced community in Sidmouth
As a recent piece demonstrates:
Balanced communities: One of the key ‘rules’, especially for Sidmouth, is that of fostering ‘balanced communities’, as laid out in Strategy 34 of the Local Plan. It is vital to maintain this balance, as highlighted in other key planning documents: “Sidmouth has a far higher over 85 population than the rest of the country, let alone Devon. Assisted living accommodation on this site will do nothing to redress the existing imbalance.”
Sidmouth faces a ‘demographic time bomb’ – and the development at Knowle will exacerbate an already serious issue, as demonstrated in a devastating critique of EDDC’s 'Care Housing Needs Assessment' commissioned by the developers. Moreover, “there is not sufficient capacity in the home care services” in the Sid Valley – further casting doubt on the adequacy of provision for the residents at Knowle, all of whom will require care.
Even EDDC itself recognises that the “influx of new residents” will be made up entirely of the elderly – most of whom will be from outside the District.
Neighbourhood Plan: Significantly, a key finding during the unprecedented public consultation for the draft Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan has been the need for more ‘balanced communities’. And yet during the recent Appeal, the Neighbourhood Plan was largely dismissed, despite the fact that “there is no evidence of local housing need of the type Pegasus Life proposes”. What is more, in terms of planning regulations, “an emerging plan carries statutory weight: we contend that if this appeal by Pegasus Life is supported, the result would be to undermine and prejudice the preparation of the final Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan.”
And 'balanced community' means having something for young people.
Conversion of Sidmouth’s only nightclub refused | Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald
News was broken last night of the immediate closure of the town's last night club:
Sidmouth’s sole nightclub Carinas closes permanently | Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald
With more details coming out today:
Permanently closed Sidmouth nightclub to become all-in-one bar and restaurant
Permanently closed Sidmouth nightclub Carinas to become all-in-one bar and restaurant | Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald