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Planning applications imminent, for Knowle, and for Sidford employment site.

SOS Chair, Richard Thurlow has the following message for Sid Valley residents:

“We understand that Pegasus has submitted the planning application for the Knowle. This is being validated at the moment by EDDC to see whether they have conformed to all Planning requirements for submission.
As soon as we learn that the planning application is in the public domain, we will advise you of this.
We would urge all concerned residents to consider the plans and comment accordingly.

Also, we believe that Fords are on the point of submitting a planning application for construction on the Employment land at Sidford, despite the overwhelming objections by the public. We will advise when the planning application is available for comment.”

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As schedule for relocation slips, Cabinet asked “Is this project still ‘cost neutral’? “

The three month delay in starting work on the proposed new offices in Honiton, announced by Head of Relocation, Richard Cohen, adds to concerns about the financial uncertainties of the project.

These were the QUESTIONS TO CABINET 6TH APRIL 2016, by Jeremy Woodward, They confirm that the move from Knowle could prove a burden for the whole District. It is not just a matter for Sidmouth.

‘Referring to the latest Relocation Report, I would be grateful if Members could consider the following questions:

At the meeting of the full Council on 25th March last year, specific figures were given:

Is it still anticipated that the full cost for relocation will be £10m?

Do the conditions for the 20-year loan repayment still stand?

Will the refurbishment needed at Exmouth Town Hall cost the council around £1m and around £7m to build the offices at Honiton?

Has the Council undersold the Knowle site?

In other words:

Is this project still ‘cost neutral’?

Is this value for money as far as the taxpayers of East Devon are concerned?


Why haven’t we come out of this deal much better off rather than desperately trying to finance a vanity project?’


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