“Alien” Sidford homes bid slammed

07:26 26 February 2013


CONTROVERSIAL plans to demolish a property and build four townhouses and two apartments in Sidford have been branded “alien” by concerned civic leaders.

Proposals for a plot at 68 High Street had a close encounter with criticism last week when town councillors said they were unable to support the scheme.

The bid has already attracted 23 letters of objection from members of the public.

Sidmouth Town Council planning committee members ruled the design of the project was “inappropriate, out of character and alien to the locality by reason of its large size and height”.

They added that the height issue was considered to be “particularly excessive” due to the development not following falling ground levels.

Councillors feared an “overbearing” building would cause problems with neighbouring properties being overlooked – especially 66 High Street.

Members said access on to Burscombe Lane was considered unsuitable due to the likely increased traffic volumes and lack of visibility to the west – together with a lack of footway on the north side of High Street.

The developer behind the bid cites a successful application at neighbouring property number 70, where six apartments were created, as to why its plans for 68 should be approved.

It has been in negotiations with the district council over the size of the development on the site, originally wanting to build up to 10 new dwellings.

The application submitted is for two three-bedroom, and two four-bedroom semi-detached houses, and one two-bedroom, and one three-bedroom apartment.

The district council will consider the town’s view when it decides the fate of the plans.


Other News Stories

39 minutes ago

East Devon healthy eating charity HALFF is urging local people to help it gain extra funding through Localgiving’s Grow Your Tenner campaign.

Read more
39 minutes ago

The Axe Valley Centre of the National Trust is holding its annual Autumn Fair at Colyford Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 29, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Read more

An international fashion model has returned to his roots in website design to help Sidmouth businesses stay relevant online.

Read more

Fears have been voiced for Sidmouth’s free public toilets as district bosses review their £800,000 cost in a bid to balance the books.

Read more

Honiton brownies, guides and rainbows recently enjoyed a sleepover at Honiton Playdome.

Read more

The Mount Charles-owned Fed & Watered Café-Bar in Exeter Airport has won an industry award, presented by former Pop Idol winner Gareth Gates.

Read more

Do you have spooky happenings at home? With Halloween on the horizon, take the spook-tacular quiz to find out if those unexplained bumps in the night are your imagination, or signs of a haunted home. http://howhauntedisyourhouse.com/quiz.php

Read more

A 61-year-old Budleigh Salterton man who grew cannabis for his own use has been handed a suspended jail sentence

Read more

The Blue Light Car Wash at Clovelly raised a healthy total for Refugee Rescue on Sunday

Read more

‘Flying ant day’, when swarms of ants emerge in mass mating flights all over the UK, is a ‘myth’, scientists say.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Find a job in Devon

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications