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Additional documents for Fords’ Sidford Business Park plans, will be considered at Sidmouth Town Council meeting next Wednesday (7th Sept) .

Sidmouth Town Council (STC) has its next Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 7th September 2016 at 6.30pm. The venue is St Peter’s Church Hall, Sidford, EX10 9PT.
Of the 22 items on the agenda, item 7 is of particular importance. It is the following:
Application ref. 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.
Amended plans for consultation. The amendments relate to additional information to accompany previously submitted Environmental Statement. Details in respect of site layout and positioning of footway/cycle route, drainage, landscaping, design codes and ecology.

The public is welcome to attend the STC Planning Committee meeting on 7th September. Fords’ additional documents can be viewed on the eddc website, under planning, ref 16/0669/MOUT, DOCUMENTS. Please note, any written representations received at the Town Council Offices before 9.30 a.m. on the day of the meeting will be considered by the Committee.

STC’s comments and unanimous vote against Fords’ initial planning application indicated the potential negative impact on the whole Sid Valley of the proposed Business Park, and echoed widespread public concern*.

The supplementary, more detailed documents now submitted, will be closely scrutinised. The new consultation, on the information in these extra documents, is now open for comments. Further information here:


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New consultation for Sidford Business Park plans. DEADLINE FOR YOUR COMMENTS is FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 2016.

Additional information has been submitted by the applicants, Fords of Sidmouth. Comments on the additional documents must be sent in by 16th September 2016.
The extra twelve documents, dated 19/08/2016, can now be viewed on the website, under Planning, reference 16/0669/MOUT – Land Adjacent To Two Bridges Two Bridges Road Sidford .

Ford’s planning application has had to be put out to consultation again, after overwhelmingly adverse comment from consultees and individuals signalling major issues of flood risk and of dangerous access roads, and impact on the landscape. In particular, consultee Natural England asked for more detailed documents of what is proposed for the very sensitive site. Click here to view their comment sent to EDDC Planning in April 2016: Nat England_AONB

From the SOS archive:
Sidmouth Town Council votes unanimously against Fords’ planning application for Sidford business park


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Beach Management Plan..crucial meeting this Wednesday (17 August)

As Sidmouth’s long-drawn-out Beach Management Plan (BMP) reaches a critical stage, all eyes will be on the Steering Group Meeting this week, with EDDC Deputy Leader, Andrew Moulding, in the Chair.
Vision Group for Sidmouth (VgS), one of the founder groups of Save Our Sidmouth, will be represented by Robert Crick, who has followed every stage of the long and fraught evolution of the BMP, and has a sound knowledge of researched solutions. He was a close colleague of Jo Frith, who died earlier this year. Jo had been the VgS representative on the BMP Steering Group for many years, strongly arguing a ‘best solution’ case, with solid suggestions for funding.

For the issues and controversies, see:



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