Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for a protest march to the headquarters of East Devon District Council this morning.
The 'Save our Sidmouth' campaign has sent out a rallying call to residents in East Devon to join their march on Saturday.
Thousands greet Mary King in Sidmouth as she is granted the freedom of the town after winning her third Olympic medal.
Protests are expected to take place in Sidmouth later as East Devon District Council discuss plans for a new housing development. 170 homes could be built on fields between Seaton and Colyford if proposals are approved. Those opposing the development say other sites are more suitable.
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.
– Cllr Mark Williamson, Chairman of the Development Management Committee
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 Phil Twiss from East Devon District Council :
"When we arranged for the material to be diverted to Port Royal, we knew there was a chance it could be washed away in a storm. We said at the time that it was a calculated risk. Unfortunately, nature has had the last laugh this time".
Efforts to protect a section of coastline near Sidmouth have been hampered by recent stormy weather.
Cliffs at Pennington Point were to be shored up with shingle dredged from the River Sid.
But the shingle, left on the beach prior to being moved, has been washed away by high tides and bad weather.
Emergency repairs at the river mouth in Sidmouth are being demanded, after new landslides along the cliffs. The recent torrential rain has caused large slips on the East beach.
A local councillor fears the threat of tidal flooding in the town has increased as a result of the erosion, and talks will now be held with the Environment Agency.
Richard Lawrence reports:
Part of the cliff has collapsed in Sidmouth.
County councillor Stuart Hughes is calling for emergency repairs to Pennington Point after the landslides over the past week.
People are being warned to stay away from cliffs in Sidmouth after huge rock falls at the weekend.
Experts say the recent wet weather is partly to blame for the cliff collapse.
Almost 4,000 people from across East Devon have taken part in a protest march in Sidmouth today.
Campaigners have joined forces to oppose plans for new development in the area.
Richard Lawrence reports: