Developer targets Sidmouth’s green belt

10:44 10 January 2014

Plans for new homes have been submitted to the council.

Plans for new homes have been submitted to the council.

Archant

FEARS have been expressed for another swathe of Sidmouth’s green belt as one of the UK’s largest developers looks set to argue that a huge plot should be utilised for homes.

Persimmon will propose to a government planning inspector that its site off Woolbrook Road could be allocated for housing when a public inquiry is held over the district council’s Local Plan in February.

The land, which is in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), was deemed ‘deliverable and developable’ and big enough for 257 homes by the authority in 2010 and is opposite a 95-property development recently completed by the firm.

However, the plot was not included in the draft Local Plan – with a total of 150 houses earmarked for Knowle, the Manstone Depot and Port Royal instead. The 12-year blueprint, a vision for the future of East Devon, also features contentious proposals for a business park of up to 12 acres in the AONB between Sidford and Sidbury.

Britain’s oldest civic society, the Sid Vale Association (SVA), is among organisations under the Save Our Sidmouth umbrella which have raised £25,000 for a specialist planning consultant to battle such proposals at the inquiry.

Chairman Alan Darrant said Persimmon’s move was ‘predictable’ and would be contested.

He added: “The AONB should be preserved and it shouldn’t be built on unless there are exceptional reasons.”

“If Persimmon were to build there, the 150 homes [in the draft Local Plan] would become an irrelevance – Sidmouth would be delivering far in excess.”

Mr Darrant said more needed to be done to assist young people in getting on the property ladder - but the ‘vast majority’ of homes that had been built were ‘helping the wrong people’.

He thanked those who contributed £13,600 in donations towards the planning consultant. The sum has been match-funded by the SVA.

Simon Perks, managing director for Persimmon Homes South West, said: “I do not want to pre-empt our views at the inquiry other than to say that we are committed to promoting well-designed housing that is sustainable and provides much-needed new housing in all of our operating areas.”

3 comments

  • no problem going by the picture above .they look like beech huts to be erected.on the sea front

    Report this comment

    terry

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • no problem going by the picture above .they look like beech huts to be erected.on the sea front

    Report this comment

    terry

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • no problem going by the picture above .they look like beech huts to be erected.on the sea front

    Report this comment

    terry

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

Thu, 13:19
Mary King greeted with Herald in California

Olympic silver medallist Mary King was met with a familiar sight in the Californian heat on a recent trip to America - as she was greeted with a copy of the Sidmouth Herald.

Read more
Wed, 16:49
Jonathan Marshall

A celebrity falconer’s media career is in ruins after he forged an animal passport for his Golden Eagle so he could appear on the ITV Alan Titchmarsh show.

Read more
Wed, 13:18
Head teacher of Newton Poppleford Primary School, Stuart Vaughan. Ref shs 3049-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

The £2.5million rebuild of Newton Poppleford Primary School will be good for the pupils and the community as a whole, according to its headteacher.

Read more
Wed, 10:11
Money

Small-scale developers will no longer have to compensate communities for the extra pressure their new homes will place on schools and leisure facilities, under new rules announced by central government.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Photo Orders
Competitions
Subscriptions
Facebook
Family notices

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition
Devon�s trusted business finder