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Provisional relocation/Knowle sale timetable

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The EDDC official programme is now on the web site and is:

Provisional relocation/Knowle sale timetable
This overall timetable is for guidance only as it may be subject to delay, depending on planning related matters.
• June 2015 – East Devon is due to exchange contracts with Pegasus Life Ltd – the developer which has been selected to purchase and develop Knowle. Pegasus specialises in providing retirement homes and extra care facilities, for which there is huge demand in Sidmouth.
• July 2015 – design team due to be appointed.
• September 2015 –construction contractor due to be appointed.
• May 2016 – Heathpark and Exmouth (if necessary) planning applications to be considered.
• June 2016 – Pegasus planning application to be considered.
• July 2016 – Council will review planning decisions.
• August 2016 – Work due to begin on Heathpark and Exmouth town hall.
• October 2017 – Council due to move offices

Note from SOS: This means a 15 month construction and move programme for the new offices at Heathpark; quite a commitment.

Is the ‘huge demand’ for Pegasus-Life style housing and faclities evidence-based, or speculative? A neighbourhood plan for Sidmouth is urgently needed, if a well-balanced future community is to be built.

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2 thoughts on “Provisional relocation/Knowle sale timetable

  1. It may just be me, but I’m struggling to get my head around this…

    East Devon District Council says it expects to exchange contracts with Pegasus Life Ltd this month; at the same time we’ve been told this sale is ‘unconditional’.

    See for instance: http://www.trinitymatters.co.uk/index.php/eddc-east-devon/item/1078-a-new-future-for-the-knowle-eddc-cabinet-resolves-to-leave-sidmouth

    So, unless I’m missing something, EDDC are asking us to believe that the developers will pay the best part of £10m for a site on which, as things stand, there is no planning permission. Is it really conceivable Pegasus Life which, clearly, has a fiduciary duty to its shareholders would take that kind of risk?!

  2. Pingback: Will moving from Knowle be ‘improving’? Reminder to have your say. Deadline for EDDC’s public consultation on this 12 November 2015. | Save Our Sidmouth

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