The developer at the proposed industrial estate says "Sidmouth needs new employment space as areas such as the Alexandria Estate were full."
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This was said five years ago to support the application then:
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The Town Council doesn't agree: “The proposed development could adversely affect the economic viability of Sidmouth's town centre and the need for the development had not been proven with the existing employment site at Alexandria Road still having capacity.”
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Indeed, a study by Graham Cooper from five years ago made the point very clearly and very comprehensively - and is still as relevant to the current application: