SOS Chair, Richard Thurlow, writes:
EDDC has just made the final version of their 15 year Local Plan available on their web site. The link is, http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/combined_special_dmc_agenda_180713.pdf. This contains the agenda for the Development Management Committee discussion of the revised Local Plan, and the revised Local Plan itself.
Sidmouth has three main changes:
- EDDC are still determined to proceed with their development at the Knowle, to fund a move elsewhere, but they have reduced the land required, by omitting the lower cark park, (area A), and the lower area,(Area E). This is welcome but we still believe that the development is unnecessary.
- EDDC ‘vision ‘ for Sidmouth now excludes any consideration of the improvement of the Alexandria Road Industrial Estate. They say that they will source a new site for Employment Land.
- EDDC ‘ strategy’ now includes the provision of ‘ancillary’ retail at the proposed Sidford site. We will continue to fight this at the Public Examination
The Proposals for the Knowle will be considered by EDDC Cabinet on the 17th July.
It is now planned that DMC will consider the revised LP at their meeting on the 18th July, and that this will be ratified by Full Council on the 26th July.
SOS will comment on the revised wording on the 18th July, (we are only allowed to comment on the revisions), as follows:
The Knowle Residents’ Association will make their representation as follows: Knowle. Proposed East Devon Local Plan