September 21 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, November 3, 2012
PLANS to build a dozen dwellings on Sidford land that was once a jobs site have been revealed.
An application to construct 12 homes at a plot in Frys Lane has been submitted to the district council.
The site, close to the junction with Brook Lane, currently comprises a former coal yard and a garage workshop.
Proposals have garnered objections from residents including traffic fears for a stretch they describe as a dangerous “rat run”.
It is suggested the development will feature four pairs of semi-detached houses and four detached dwellings. The proposed homes would range from two to four bedrooms.
An associated access road, footways and parking and turning areas are also proposed.
“Outward expansion of Sidmouth and Sidford is limited by landscape and other environmental constraints. Further development is therefore likely to be confined to its existing built-up framework,” say plans.
“The proposal represents an entirely sustainable and efficient reuse of currently under utilised urban land that is conveniently located to associated support services and facilities, with potential to reduce car dependence and minimise town centre congestion.”
The application had attracted three objections from members of the public this week.
They fear increased traffic and parking problems and noise pollution as a result of the proposed development.
“Frys Lane is currently a rat run, the road is narrow and winding and congested with both traffic and parked vehicles. You take your life in your hands when you walk along here. It is not at all suitable for access to the site,” says Wendy Brooks in her submission.
One nearby homeowner is concerned the new houses will overlook her property.
A small part of the 32m by 90m site is contained within Sidford’s conservation area.
An application to build 10, two-storey, dwellings at the site was rejected in 2006 for reasons of highway safety, inadequate public open space and education infrastructure provision.