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Date change for continuation of EiP Sidmouth hearing

Please note:

Due to room booking issues the continued Sidmouth hearing session of the East Devon Local Plan will now be at 9.30am on Tuesday 11th March in the Council Chamber & not the 12th as mentioned yesterday.

Thank you

Amanda Polley

Programme Officer

Telephone 01395 571682

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Sidmouth’s economy: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” , today’s EiP hearing told.

The Examination in Public(EiP) of EDDC’s new Local Plan, continued today, with the Sidmouth hearing. Having begun at 9.30 a.m, it was clear by mid-afternoon that the scheduled questions would not be covered in one day. Consequently,Inspector, Anthony Thickett, closed the meeting at 6.p.m. and declared that the Sidmouth hearing will resume on Wednesday, 12th March.

These questions were examined today:
1.Strategy 26 seeks to allocate sites for 100 new houses and makes provision for 50 more on windfall sites.
Strategy 1 and Policy E1 propose the allocation of 5.5ha of employment land. Is this level of development justified by robust evidence?

2. Are the proposed allocations suitable for the development for which they are proposed?
2a. Sidford Employment Allocation
Landscape/Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
2b. Alexandra Industrial Estate

Questions still to be examined:

2c. The Knowle,Port Royal, Manstone Depot Residential Allocations
Loss of employment
Impact on the character and appearance of the area
Does Sidmouth have the infrastructure to support the level of new
development envisaged in the Local Plan?

Some ‘best quotes’ from today’s hearing:

‘B1’is “any office space which will not annoy the neighbours.” (Inspector, Anthony Thickett)

-“Sidmouth’s economic formula is successful with a broadly thriving strategy… Whilst diversification is desirable, it should not be at the expense of what is already there. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” (Richard Eley)

-“We can achieve some ecological improvement “ on the business park site . (Joseph Marchant, for Fords of Sidmouth)

-“We can’t say, ‘Here is a sequential study that we undertook, and here is a critique of them’ . We took the Jubb report as a steer.” (Matt Dickens, EDDC)

-“The Local Plan should supply a sequential flood risk assessment …it is not an option.” (Charlie Hopkins, for Save our Sidmouth)

Report on the hearing will be posted shortly on this website. For EiP programme, please see SIN blog Home page:

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“Unlike the District Council the County Council listens”, says Councillor who serves on both.

An important standpoint is taken by Cllr Stuart Hughes, in his response to RIP Areas 0f Outstanding Natural Beauty  19 Feb at .

His views on Sidford Fields, and on the Alexandria Road Industrial Estate, are made very clear.