Sidford home plans changes slammed

PUBLISHED: 17:04 14 December 2010

A BID to change a string of features at a Sidford Cross site, where nine new homes have been built, has failed to win the support of Sidmouth civic leaders.

A BID to change a string of features at a Sidford Cross site, where nine new homes have been built, has failed to win the support of Sidmouth civic leaders.

Hallam House Developments has planning permission for the dwellings in Sidford High Street, but, wants to vary conditions relating to access, parking, landscaping and boundary treatment.

In plans, the firm said that during the construction process, both the economical climate and ‘practical considerations’ dictated a number of “relatively minor” changes.

Sidmouth Town Council Planning Committee members said last week they were unable to support the new plans as they would be a “serious departure” from the original permission.

Councillors felt “the amenity of residents would be compromised” if the developer was allowed to not adhere to all the prescribed requirements of the original application.

Three nearby residents have objected to the proposed changes.

Hallam House currently retains ownership of a number of the unsold and unoccupied units, and for communal external areas at the site. Plans reveal physical work to complete the authorised development is “finally approaching a conclusion,” with remaining units moving towards sale.

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