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FORDS’ BUSINESS PARK PLAN SLATED BY SIDMOUTH TOWN COUNCIL AND PUBLIC.

Last night’s meeting of Sidmouth Town Council Planning Committee unanimously recommended refusal of Fords’ revised application to build a business park on the AONB in Sidford, and condemned it as a “cosmetic attempt” to disguise a “carbuncle” which was totally unacceptable to the people of the Sid Valley.
St Peter’s Hall was crowded with members of the public, and many were scathing in their comments on the applicant’s determination to build a development that the inadequate local road system could not cope with.
The recent report from Devon County Highways Officer which found the application acceptable,was met with incredulity. “Not worth the paper it was written on” said one resident because it totally failed to address the traffic bottle-neck in School Street. Another challenged the objectivity of the Traffic Assessment carried out by the applicant’s consultants, and demanded an independent report.
Councillors vied with each other to condemn the applicant’s, “gross error of judgement” in proposing excessively large buildings up to 15 metres high. Chair Cllr Ian Barlow said they would be higher than other buildings in the Valley with the exception of Sidford parish church, and were more appropriate for a distribution centre rather than small units suitable for local businesses. According to Cllr Kelvin Dent it was the “wrong development in the wrong place”.
EDDC Councillor Marianne Rixson claimed revised information about the distribution of bats as misleading, pointing out that, horseshoe bats had been recorded more widely on the site than the applicant’s survey suggested.
Landowner Sir John Cave was criticised for withdrawing his offer of land for a cycle track to be funded by Devon County, so that Fords could then offer to include it in the development as a crude “inducement” for the application to be approved.
While repeating their united opposition to the proposed development, town councillors felt it necessary to recommend strong conditions to be applied if EDDC were to approve the application. They proposed a maximum ridge height of 7 metres, and a maximum area of 100 square metres for any building; there should be no flat roofs; no retail should be allowed. The cycle track should be completed first, and strict precautions should be taken to mitigate noise and light pollution.
Finally several councillors urged residents to mobilise to “defend their homes”, and a meeting of residents is planned on Monday 12 September at 7.15 p.m. in Sidford Social Hall, Byes Lane. Doors open at 6.30pm.


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Town Council’s stance on planning application for Sidford floodplain business park, to be decided NEXT WEDS EVE, 15th JUNE, at Sidford Social Hall

PLEASE LET INTERESTED FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS KNOW….
The Sidmouth Town Council Planning meeting begins at 6.30pm on Wednesday 15th June, at Sidford Social Hall, Byes Lane. Public question time is included. Sid Vale Association will be among those presenting their objections.
Regrettably, the meeting has been poorly advertised, considering the importance of the application which involves plans for the first phase of a large business park on the floodplain beside Two Bridges Road, Sidford (on the A375, dir. Sidbury). Everyone living, visiting, or passing through the Sid Valley will be affected by the outcome of this application to build on a sensitive site, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) already prone to traffic congestion.
Ultimately, it is the District Council’s Development Management Committee (DMC) who make the final decision (this is likely to be in high summer, 2016). But the Town Council has the responsibility to make known what local people think, for a balanced judgement.

For your information: Comments can be viewed at this link: https://planning.eastdevon.gov.uk/online-applications/

To SEARCH, type in ref 16/0669/MOUT

Then click on START. And go to COMMENTS and CONSULTEES COMMENTS

One very thorough report in CONSULTEES COMMENTS includes relevant photographs, flood zone maps, and a video. It was compiled by Sidmouth-Sidford Ward Members Cllrs Marianne Rixson and Dawn Manley, two of the East Devon Alliance Independents elected to East Devon District Council in May 2015.


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Last chance to comment on Sidford Fields planning application (Closing date TOMORROW, WEDS 8 JUNE, midday). See what others have said.

Comments so far can be viewed at this link: https://planning.eastdevon.gov.uk/online-applications/

To SEARCH, type in ref 16/0669/MOUT

Then click on START. And go to COMMENTS and CONSULTEES COMMENTS

We have been told that one very thorough representation sent in by two of the  Ward Members for Sidford, is hard to find on the EDDC website this evening. It is from  Cllrs Marianne Rixson and Dawn Manley (both East Devon Alliance Independents elected to East Devon District Council in May 2015). Their report, containing useful photographs, maps, and a video, is therefore reproduced here, for your information Comments on Fords employment site_final