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Thread #152651   Message #3587785
Posted By: Steve in Sidmouth
31-Dec-13 - 07:53 AM
Thread Name: Sidmouth campsite to move?
Subject: RE: Sidmouth campsite to move?
Persimmon Homes are active in the area, there has been creeping destruction of the AONB for years and more is proposed including 12 acres on a flood plain in Sidford for light industrial/commercial use. This is one issue due to be examined by a Planning Inspector early in the New Year:

"East Devon Local Plan - The oral hearing sessions for the Examination of the East Devon Local Plan will commence at 10:00 am on Tuesday 11 February 2014 at the Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth EX10 8HL."

The Bulverton land is not included in what is proposed for development but who knows in 5 or 10 years' time. There is therefore (as far as I know) no immediate threat to the camping fields. I am told that a housebuilder has an 'option to purchase' fields in the area if and when planning permission might be available.

Most housebuilding in the locality is at Cranbrook, a new town north of Exeter airport on what was once good agricultural land (and I am told some of the buildings there have already been flooded recently).

Cranbrook was in part EDDC's answer to the government imposing housing quotas on local councils ("build or else") and took some of the pressure off calls for more housing in every existing town and village in East Devon. But that pressure continues and the potential profits for landowners are huge. This is covered here:

In the longer term, the Folk Festival fields at Bulverton may be sitting ducks for a swathe of housing. A wedge of land between the A3052 and the Woolbrook Road was developed recently.