Natural England objects to Sidford Business Park

2 Nov

Full story in Sidmouth Herald here

which in part says:

Natural England’s lead adviser referred to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), saying that the allocation of sites within, or impacting upon, designated landscapes must be assessed for:

● The need of development in that location;

● The cost and scope of meeting that need;

● An assessment of how any detrimental effect and the extent of how this could be moderated.

The adviser notes an EDDC document aimed at justifying employment need – but maintained its objection to the allocation of a jobs site within the AONB at Sidford “until the assessment required by the NPPF identifies this as a suitable location”.

“It is considered this assessment, which should include a sensitivity and capacity study, should be completed before further consideration of the allocation,” said the correspondence.

On Sidmouth, the report also says: “Given the sensitivity of the town it is disappointing that, despite recognising the importance of the town as an all-year-round tourist destination, there is no recognition of the environment’s important role in that function.”

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One Response to “Natural England objects to Sidford Business Park”

  1. Mr Spleen November 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    As the Herald article goes on to say:
    “Little-seen correspondence penned to EDDC in May, brought to the attention of the Herald this week, responded to a consultation on the Local Plan…”
    In other words, District Council officers have been sitting on a crucial piece of evidence which rubbishes the Sidford/Sidbury site.
    But since when has ‘evidence’ really been a concern of the District Council?

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