Fears have been expressed that the developer at Knowle will be able to make use of car parking and public parkland not previously agreed to:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: How have PegasusLife been allowed to use the public car park and meadow for 'storage space' and what exactly does the promise of a 'bigger and better car park' once work is finished mean?
This was brought up at last week's full District Council meeting:
EAST DEVON DISTRICT COUNCIL
Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held at Knowle, Sidmouth, on
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
The Chairman welcomed those present and invited members of the public to
address the Council.
Ed Dolphin wanted to take the opportunity of addressing the Full Council on the
subject of Pegasus Life, the lower Car Park and parkland in Knowle Park, and the
flood attenuation scheme.
He wanted to express concern about a decision that would have a long term effect
on the town of Sidmouth.
He stated that the Pegasus Life’s Construction Phasing
Strategy shows they could accommodate all the building works within the space
He pointed out that it had been suggested that without the extra
storage space, large delivery vehicles might inconvenience residents by using
Broadway and Knowle Drive which is not indicated in the Construction Phasing
Strategy or Inspector’s conditions.
He stated his belief that Pegasus’ plans will force
Devon County Council to modify their planned flood alleviation scheme for Station
Road which was bound to involve more cost and impact further on the park.
stated his understanding that Sidmouth Town Council has not debated building an
extended car park on the ground and levying charges on it, for which they would
have had to go through the proper planning process. He pointed out that such plans
were a major event for the town and should be open to full scrutiny.
The Deputy Chief Executive responded by stating that East Devon District Council
(EDDC) were aware of the concerns of Mr Dolphin and of the regard which Sidmouth
Town Council has for the car park. EDDC have not yet agreed anything and are in
discussion with the Town Council and County Council on the respective matters
raised. Any extensions to the car park must go through the proper planning process
and be included in the construction plan.
EAST DEVON DISTRICT COUNCIL Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held at Knowle, Sidmouth, on Wednesday, 12 December 2018