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Where & how to send comments on Appropriation/ Disposal/ of land at Knowle


Comments must be sent to EDDC’s Legal Department, quoting ref: OFF.1-0014/HGL.
Either write to The Legal Department, East Devon District Council, Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth EX10 8HL
or e-mail

Knowle Plan

Click this link for detailed map:Land to be appropriated by EDDC

The following notes may help.:

1. EDDC own all the land in question.

2. They have given notice of their intention ​to appropriate and dispose of the land for ​housing, and this would be for “residential and/or extra care assisted living uses”, ie to sell the land to a Developer to fund their move.

3. They are entitled to do this under the Local Government Act 1972.​. However, land can only be appropriated if the Council believes that it is no longer required for the purpose for which it is held (ie Public Open Space).They must dispose of it at market value or get the Secretary of State’s consent.​

4. They include 0.6 Ha of public open space which​ includes most of the Upper Terraces and part of ​the garden/workshop area.

5. ​EDDC will consider any comments and decide whether or not to proceed with the appropriation and disposal​

6. I understand that there can be no challenge to their decision except through a Judicial Review on the basis that their decision is unreasonable.​


1. ​EDDC have accepted the status of the land coloured red as public open space.

2. The land referred to in the notices is not the​ full extent of the land which EDDC propose to sell; the land referred to in the notices is only that part of the land which EDDC believe to be public open space.​

3. Sidmouth Town Council were not consulted but considered the proposals on 2nd February as an urgent item. They vehemently oppose the development of any part of the Knowle except the footprint of the existing offices.

4. The 2006 Local Plan, which is still the relevant development plan, designates the area in front of the former hotel (ie the terraces) as recreation land. The new proposed local plan which purported to designate the land for housing was rejected by the Inspector last year and carries very little, if any, weight.

Comments that could be made to EDDC.

1. ​Part of the​ land is designated​ on the current 2006 Local Plan as Recreation land​ under Policy RE1,

2. EDDC assumes, by its proposal ​that the land is not required for the purpose that exists at the moment. In fact It is required for public open space​ and is still used as such.

3. ​The land is affected by claimed footpaths which Devon County Council​ propose to register as public rights of way subject to the outcome of a public inquiry to be held in September

4. EDDC acknowledges that the land is public open space. It ​is regularly used by the Public as part of the Knowle Parkland and Gardens and its loss​ would be detrimental to the Public’s enjoyment of this publicly owned asset.​

5. ​One of the reasons why EDDC’s Development Management Committee refused planning permission last year​ was the loss of public open space. The committee considered that the land formed an important amenity for the residents of Sidmouth and should be retained for the benefit of the community. The Council were not satisfied that the land was surplus to requirements. EDDC should respect the committee’s decision.

6. The development​ of the Terraces would​ have a serious adverse effect on the appearance of the remainder of the​ gardens

There may be other valid reasons that could be put forward; if you have any please let me know urgently..​ Any comments to me please

This is a significant point in being able to challenge the Development. I believe that it is ESSENTIAL, that EDDC receives as many comments on their proposal as possible, and would urge you to do so, also asking other residents of Sidmouth.

Comments to EDDC’s Legal Department​ before 20th February.​ ref OFF.1-0014/HGL.

Please feel free to pass this information to whomsoever you wish to.

Richard Thurlow

Chair SOS

2 thoughts on “Where & how to send comments on Appropriation/ Disposal/ of land at Knowle

  1. Pingback: REMINDER: ‘Knowle landgrab’ objections DEADLINE NEXT FRIDAY 20 FEB | East Devon Watch

  2. How can and how dare EDDC carry on with these plans for the Knowle and the parkland around the Knowle these belong to the people for the use by the people and it is a disgrace that our elected officers can railroad this project through as if they are oblivious of fears concerns at the loss of this wonderful and historic site and to spend money without the whole procedure being completely open to the council tax payers for discussion.

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