Many areas in Sidmouth, Sidford and Sidbury are “Conservation Areas” which means that any development is strictly controlled as to appearance and type, and many buildings are “Listed”, which means that they appear on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or historic interest. In addition, most of the land in the Sid valley is also classified as an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”, (AONB). We are very lucky to have such a wealth of historic buildings and natural beauty around us.
However, planning permission is constantly being sought for new dwellings and extensions in the Sid valley, and accordingly, we monitor Planning Applications on a regular basis in order that we can comment as appropriate. Our aim is to ensure that any proposed development follows Government guidelines and the relevant Local Plan and policies, (East Devon Local Plan, 2013-2031)
We strive to maintain a good working relationship with Town, District and County Councils. We also liaise closely with other groups such as The Chamber of Commerce.
We are taking part in the preparation of the production of a ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ for The Sid Valley. We are doing this in conjunction with other groups in the community.