A new revised application has been submitted for an out-of-town veterinary centre at Sidford, on land next to the garden centre (Ref. OAP 13/0715/OUT).
The Sid Vale Association, has sent a formal objection, as follows: SVA objection re garden_centre on Sidford AONB__17.5.13
SOS, too, are concerned about the precedent this would set for further developments on Sidford’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, if the plans are accepted. Out of town centres inevitably mean increased car use and associated traffic flow problems. In this particular case, public transport is not an easy option, as the approach to the site proposed for the vets’ practice is near a bend in the road with no pavement, and with a steep slope up to the garden centre car park which it would share.
What possible alternative sites are there within the town boundary, which would be more convenient for sick animals and their owners (particularly pet-owners without cars)? See http://sidmouthindependentnews.wordpress.com today, for suggestions.