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

Sid Valley businesses and groups respond to Neighbourhood Plan

PUBLISHED: 16:30 04 April 2017

A view of the eastern end of the town. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7858-10-09SH

A view of the eastern end of the town. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7858-10-09SH

Archant

Sidmouth’s eastern end is run down and needs to be regenerated, but any development in the town needs to be sensitive and appropriate to the environment.

Sidmouth’s eastern end is run down and needs to be regenerated, but any development in the town needs to be sensitive and appropriate to the environment.

This view was among the 104 responses from businesses and special interest groups that were surveyed by the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

It follows a residents’ questionnaire and a report on the views of children and young people will be published shortly.

Steering group chairman Dee Hounsom said: “The objective of this questionnaire was to try to understand the concerns and views of people who own, run and manage businesses and groups in the area.

“Clearly, there is a perceived need to ensure that development in the community is carefully balanced to meet the requirements of young people, families and older people if we are to ensure a vibrant sustainable economy, the right balance of housing and foster the identity of the Sid Valley so that it can meet the needs of all.

“By publishing the findings, we are seeking to share the results with the residents of the Sid Valley.”

The questionnaire gave respondents free rein to put forward novel ideas, such as generating electricity from the River Sid, a cap on the number of cafes and charity shops, or a hub to nurture start-up businesses, but many reported similar concerns. Among the key findings were:

■ Any development and its appearance needs to be sensitive to the heritage and identity of the particular area in which it is situated;

■ Encouraging an eclectic, discerning retail environment with an emphasis on quality which will maintain and increase footfall is important;

■ Most respondents felt that the eastern part of the town needs regeneration, both to enhance the run down appearance of the area and also to provide enhanced facilities for cultural, commercial and sporting activities;

■ Protecting and preserving the built and natural landscape whilst permitting needed sensitive and appropriate development must include tackling cliff and coastal erosion.

Respondents raised concerns about the lack of parking, with many supporting affordable or free, a multi-storey car park or a park and ride interchange.

Some said Port Royal – earmarked for redevelopment – could be maximised as a community hub, with space for performances and events, while continuing to support sea-based sports and leisure activities.

The steering group hopes to hold a referendum to finalise the Neighbourhood Plan by the end of the year.

Its full reports can be found at sidmouth.gov.uk.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

54 minutes ago

School is out forever for a popular Ottery teacher who has retired after more than three decades in the classroom.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:55

A charismatic businessman who used his gift of the gab to shape Sidmouth in the 1960s and ’70s will be a tough act to follow.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:51

“Police would like to make residents aware of a burglary in Sidbury. Police are also reminding residents to ensure that their property is secure.”

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

A chain is looking to invest a six-figure sum to fully refurbish a ‘true locals’ pub’ in Sidmouth – but it needs to find a new publican first.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:55

A café and deli is set to open on Christmas Day and to youngsters on Friday evenings after new owners took over.

Read more
Wed, 17:30

Scores of youngsters have had timely training in how to spot dangers on the beach and in the ocean from Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club.

Read more
Wed, 16:13

Hundreds of people from all walks of life lined the streets of Sidmouth for a Mardi Gras-style send-off that would have ‘gob-smacked’ a popular town character.

Read more
Wed, 12:41

Rugby club photos from 1977 annual dinner found in the Sidmouth Herald’s picture archive.

Read more
Wed, 12:23

The television and radio broadcaster posed for a selfie with the 92-year-old from Tipton St John.

Read more
Wed, 08:46

Inspectors say school’s hard work is paying off to be rated across the board.

The school previously required improvement in its last report two years ago.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications