Knowle plans refused

Planning permission for 50 homes and a graduated care home at East Devon District Council’s Knowle site in Sidmouth has been refused.

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Committee turns down Knowle planning application

Controversial plans to redevelop Council offices in Sidmouth have been thrown out by planners.

East Devon District Council wanted to build fifty homes and a sixty-bed care home on the site of their current headquarters and move to Honiton.

It follows protests by local people who formed the 'Save our Sidmouth' campaign.

Councillors on the Development Management Committee turned down the application, which had been made by East Devon District Council officers.

In a three-hour meeting, six councillors voted against the application and three were in favour of it.

Today’s decision followed an in-depth debate which took in to account the many and varied issues associated with such a unique application. It certainly proves that nothing about this application was a foregone conclusion and the proper process was followed by the council.

Members reached a decision based on clear material planning considerations having listened to arguments for and against.

– Cllr Mark Williamson, Chairman of the Development Management Committee

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Rally in Sidmouth opposing development

'Save our Sidmouth' campaign group have put up placards around the town. Credit: ITV West

A mass rally is will take place in Sidmouth later in protest against building developments in East Devon.

The group behind the rally - 'Save Our Sidmouth' - believe people opposed to plans to build new housing are not being listened to. It is expected that around 1000 people will join the rally with groups attending from across the East Devon district.

The rally will leave the east of Sidmouth Esplanade at 11am.

'Save Our Sidmouth' group prepare to protest

Protestors opposed to new developments across East Devon have joined forces to organise a mass march on council headquarters.

The Save Our Sidmouth campaign group believes people opposed to new housing developments are not being listened to.

So now, one of the biggest protests Sidmouth has ever seen, will take place this weekend. More than a thousand people are expected to take to the streets.

Richard Lawrence reports:

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