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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.
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.