BREAKING NEWS: Revetment plans withdrawn

PUBLISHED: 17:45 15 November 2011 | UPDATED: 18:58 15 November 2011

Paul Griew hands over the Ciff Road residents' application to Andy Carmichael- Assistant Development Manager at EDDC in April. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 5219-16-11SH

Paul Griew hands over the Ciff Road residents' application to Andy Carmichael- Assistant Development Manager at EDDC in April. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 5219-16-11SH

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EDDC promises discussions to solve Sidmouth cliff erosion dilemma

RESIDENTS hoping to save their homes from Sidmouth’s crumbling coastline today dramatically withdrew plans for a rock revetment - as council chiefs were set to decide their fate.

Cliff Road householders issued a last-gasp plea over their mooted £900,000 scheme to slow rapid erosion at Pennington Point and eastern cliffs.

Applicant Paul Griew withdrew the application after district councillors vowed to address the problem and to consider a solution for Sidmouth.

Proposals for a 240metre rock revetment – it is hoped would prevent town flooding, protect Alma Bridge and the coastal footpath and save homes from toppling into the sea - had been recommended for refusal by officers.

East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) development management committee discussed blueprints this afternoon (Tuesday).

Experts had told members to turn the scheme down as they felt protecting of the receding World Heritage Site takes precedence over the applicants’ human rights.

Cliff Road Action Group (CRAG) campaigners, who spent £10,000 on the planning application, asked for a change of heart at Knowle.

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