New year to herald start on ‘gated’ retirement community

CONSTRUCTION work on a controversial ‘gated’ retirement community in Sidmouth town-centre looks set to finally begin in the new year.

Developer Blue Cedar Homes says the 12-dwelling project at Parsons Yard in Mill Street has already garnered a bumper amount of interest.

The scheme was held up by a long-running footpath wrangle that saw residents and ramblers win a battle to stop a footpath, that currently runs through the site, being diverted around it.

Blue Cedar went back to the drawing board and a proposed public right of way diversion order for a route from Holmdale Street to Mill Street was unanimously supported by East Devon District Council development management committee members last August.

The new link will run through the plot.

Nick Yeo, area director at Blue Cedar Homes, told the Herald this week: “Having successfully resolved the public footpath arrangements, we are now looking forward to getting the site ready for construction work to begin in the new year.

“We will be building 12 homes for people over the age of 55 and they will include 10 cottages and two apartments, designed around a central, landscaped garden.

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“This development has already attracted a lot of interest, even at this very early stage, due to its proximity to High Street and all the local amenities.”