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09/2093/MFUL | Erection of 103 dwellings (including 1 & 2 bedroom apartments and 2,3,4 & 5 bedroom houses) with associated parking, highway works, landscaping open space and drainage. | Land North Of Woolbrook Road Sidmouth Devon
  • Total Consulted: 62
  • Comments Received: 16
  • Objections: 14
  • Supporting: 0

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Mr D Rickard (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Thu 26 May 2011

See letter under associated documents

L Harris (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Wed 11 Aug 2010

Since seeing the original plans I have had concerns over the location of road access to the new development north of Woolbrook Road. Now work has started I have had a chance to see for myself the risk of using this junction as it is in extreme close proximity to a blind bend.

Today I stood at the entrance to the new development on at the approximate point a driver would be sitting while waiting to pull out onto Woolbrook Road. I timed how long it took between seeing a vehicle approaching from the A3052 to the point where the vehicle was at the entrance. Times varied from 2.0 seconds to 2.9 seconds with an average of 2.4 seconds depending on what speed the driver chose to do. The drivers view is seriously hampered by high hedgerows and trees which according to the revised plans are due to remian in situ. According the highway code a vehicle travelling at 40mph requires 118 feet to stop.

Simply put it appears to me that this proposed junction is an serious accident waiting to happen. Not to speak of the added risk if the roads are wet or if indeed it is a child pulling out on a bicycle and not someone in a car. I live on Woolbrook Road an know from experience that many cars each day drive well in excess of the 30mph speed limit.

The proposed pinch point in the road also will not help this situation as this is to be built after the junction.

The initial plans for the site entrance took photographic views of it from the opposite side of the road facing towards town therefore giving the impression the view from the junction was saisfactory.

I would like to know your views on this and what plans you have to mitigate the risk of accidents at this potentially dangerous junction.

PCL PLanning Ltd On Behalf Of The Sid Vale Association (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Thu 25 Feb 2010

See letter on web-site under associated documents

MR D Fraser (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Mon 04 Jan 2010

Miss Jemma Williams (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Wed 30 Dec 2009

My objections are as follows:
- This area is an area of outstanding natural beauty and it is wholly wrong to destroy this for yet more houses.
- The area already suffers with flooding, particularly during the winter months. Further building on this land will only serve to increase the surface run off and flooding to the stream.
- The proposals for the access point being on Woolbrook Road are inappropriate given the bends in the road preventing sufficient visability; the speed at which drivers travel; the size of the splays would require a loss of many hedgerows and trees.
- There are many recent developments in Sidmouth which are still yet to be filled so building more housing is unacceptable. Not to mention the schools and services already being full.
- Further still, other applications for housing developments have recently been approved, namely at the top of Stowford Rise, so surely a line has to be drawn somewhere before there are no greenfield sites left in Sidmouth.
- This area is one of the main and busiest entrance ways to Sidmouth and another building site/housing estate would ruin the first impression of Sidmouth being a small/quaint countryside/seaside town.
- The roads and parking in Sidmouth cannot manage with any more residents.
- I have recently heard owls from our house in Ladymead, and frequently seen deer and foxes in the fields which just goes to show there is plenty of wildlife which would be left with even less home if this building is allowed to go ahead.
J Williams & N Pyne

I Partridge (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Wed 23 Dec 2009

T,E Anf F Lowrey And S Flynn (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Wed 23 Dec 2009

C & F Rowe (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Wed 23 Dec 2009

See letter under associated documents

Mr & Mrs L Harris (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Wed 23 Dec 2009

Mr Cooper Vison Group Sidmouth (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 22 Dec 2009

This application goes against EDDC's own Local Development Framework aims to protect the environment and encourage sustainable developments.
Green field developments on AONB land should therefore not be allowed if this encourages a carbon intensive lifestyle particularly when there are plenty of alternative areas in the town centre which used to contain affordable accommodation for the local population.

The HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) which is funding affordable homes has a statutory duty to meet Building for Life criteria but according to CABE more than 50% are failing on space standards, flexibility and sustainability.. Surely it cannot be sustainable to have yet more energy inefficient houses and cars on rural AONB flood plains. Sustainability is about intelligent design and planning not just more suburban development as above. Sidmouth deserves better than this and we should value the town's special qualities more.
Graham Cooper Vision Group Sidmouth

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