Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

“Alien” Sidford homes bid slammed

07:26 26 February 2013


CONTROVERSIAL plans to demolish a property and build four townhouses and two apartments in Sidford have been branded “alien” by concerned civic leaders.

Proposals for a plot at 68 High Street had a close encounter with criticism last week when town councillors said they were unable to support the scheme.

The bid has already attracted 23 letters of objection from members of the public.

Sidmouth Town Council planning committee members ruled the design of the project was “inappropriate, out of character and alien to the locality by reason of its large size and height”.

They added that the height issue was considered to be “particularly excessive” due to the development not following falling ground levels.

Councillors feared an “overbearing” building would cause problems with neighbouring properties being overlooked – especially 66 High Street.

Members said access on to Burscombe Lane was considered unsuitable due to the likely increased traffic volumes and lack of visibility to the west – together with a lack of footway on the north side of High Street.

The developer behind the bid cites a successful application at neighbouring property number 70, where six apartments were created, as to why its plans for 68 should be approved.

It has been in negotiations with the district council over the size of the development on the site, originally wanting to build up to 10 new dwellings.

The application submitted is for two three-bedroom, and two four-bedroom semi-detached houses, and one two-bedroom, and one three-bedroom apartment.

The district council will consider the town’s view when it decides the fate of the plans.


Other News Stories

59 minutes ago
The Mason Arms in Branscombe has been named number five in a poll by The Times.

The Masons Arms in Branscombe has claimed fifth spot in a national newspaper poll.

Read more

An ‘indicative allocation’ of funding has been made towards protecting Sidmouth from flooding and coastal erosion – but the options are still being costed.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:45
Sidmouth Royal British Legion raised the Union Jack which was donated to Sidmouth Conservative Club. Ref shs 5980-19-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth’s Royal British Legion chairman said it was ‘bloody horrible’ to see that the Union Flag had been stolen from the town’s Conservative club.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:17
Thomas King with his WW2 Medal. Ref shs 6995-48-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

France’s highest military award has been bestowed upon two 91-year-old war veterans from Sidmouth.

Read more
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Eastleigh shed, 8 May 1959 (c) C Boocock

Enthusiasts have a unique opportunity to invest in part of Sidmouth’s rail heritage as a £300,000 locomotive restoration project has been put back on track.

Read more
Saturday, November 28, 2015
New Kennaway House manager, Nikki Dawkins, with Michael James, David Leach, Bryan Dawkins and Michael Gordon-Lee. Ref shs 4446-47-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A new manager and chairman have taken the helm at a charity-run arts centre with a growing reputation in and beyond the Sid Valley.

Read more
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Betty Williams with Lamb and Flag landlord, Ron Miles, and Ottery mayor, Glyn Dobson. Ref sho 4475-52-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A widow, whose generous gesture to people facing Christmas alone last year touched hearts around the world, has spoken of her delight that preparations are under way for another festive feast.

Read more
Friday, November 27, 2015
An ariel view of the PegasusLife plans for Knowle.

A developer lined up to buy the East Devon District Council (EDDC) offices at Knowle has unveiled its vision for a retirement community on the site.

Read more
Friday, November 27, 2015
The Sidmouth Friends of the Samaritans held their AGM this week. Pictured are chairman Sue Kensdale with from left Ron Harbour (treasurer), vice chairman Gerald Hayne and Denis Jones (sec). Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3446-08-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

The loss of Sidmouth’s Samaritans support group will have a ‘major impact’ on the running of the service, says the leader of the charity’s Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch.

Read more
Friday, November 27, 2015
MP Hugo Swire visit the King's School this week where he is pictured meeting students in the Teen Health Group. Ref sho 7123-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Hugo Swire praised students for their ‘passionate determination’ to address important issues

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 13°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find a job in Sidmouth

Find planning applications