The Sidmouth Herald (21st February) had this quote from Kim Scratchley, in its front page article. Mr Scratchley says that the proposed 12 acre site for a business park at Sidford Fields would seriously exacerbate flooding problems. “When it rains heavily, water pours down Ottery Lane, bringing water down onto the main Sidford and Sidbury road.His views were echoed by Marianne Rixson, also of Sidford, who pointed out that flood prevention measures, such as those at nearby Woolbrook, have been shown not to work, with the road there closed twice due to continued flooding. She made the further point that a large-scale business park would destroy the ‘green wedge’ between Sidford and Sidbury.
Pictures of the flooding problems, and more cautionary comments, are at this link: https://saveoursidmouth.com/2014/02/14/access-road-to-planned-sidford-business-park/