Sidford business park plans ‘anticipated in spring’

The route of the proposed cycle path between Sidbury and Sidford

The route of the proposed cycle path between Sidbury and Sidford - Credit: Archant

A planning application for a 12-acre business park between Sidford and Sidbury is expected in the spring, according to the district council.

The Herald reported last week that a long-awaited cycle link between the villages had been put on hold to allow ‘further dialogue’ between Devon County Council and the park’s applicant.

County Hall’s decision came after a government inspector controversially ruled that the employment land allocation must be included in East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Local Plan.

An EDDC spokeswoman told the Herald this week: “We anticipate receiving an application [for the business park] in spring 2016.

“However, even if an application were to be successful, we don’t know when work would commence on site.”

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Designs for Devon County Council’s 900-metre cycle route and footpath showed it running from Sidford to Sidbury alongside the A375 – starting in an area allocated for development.

It agreed to withdraw its planning application to allow further dialogue with the business park applicant about what alignment changes might be needed.

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The delay will not affect a scheme linking Byes Lane and Laundry Lane as this does not require planning permission. Funding is in place for work to start in the next financial year.

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