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BREAKING: Knowle: new developer, new plans

  • by JW

Online virtual exhibition: deadline for public comment: 14th December.


Back in May, the Knowle site was sold by one luxury gated developer to another:

BREAKING: Knowle relocation project: Lifestory/Pegasus to sell site to McCarthy Stone – Vision Group for Sidmouth

McCarthy Stone have just put their proposals online:

Following an initial consultation held in Summer 2022, McCarthy Stone, the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities, and Porthaven, a market leading care home company, are pleased to reconsult with the local community, with our revised proposals for the redevelopment of The Knowle, Sidmouth. The proposals feature a purpose-built care home, Extra Care and age-restricted Retirement Living accommodation as well as policy compliant affordable housing.

McCarthy Stone – Sidmouth

Here’s their ‘virtual exhibition’ – with the offer of ‘community consultation’:

As part of our commitment to community engagement, we have commenced a second community consultation programme to inform local people of our updated proposals and gather feedback. A two-week virtual exhibition is being held from 30th November until the 14th December, to introduce our updated proposals for the site. The feedback received back from this second consultation will feed into our final proposals before a planning application is submitted to East Devon District Council.

The Site – McCarthy Stone – Sidmouth

Here’s an artist’s impression, complete with butterflies, trees to hide the buildings and empty car-parks:

Our Approach to Design – McCarthy Stone – Sidmouth

Here’s the masterplan:

Our Proposals – McCarthy Stone – Sidmouth

And here’s the coverage from Devon Live just out:

Revised plans for the controversial redevelopment of the former East Devon District Council offices in Sidmouth have been unveiled. Plans have previously been given the go-ahead to turn the premises at the Knowle into a purpose-built care home, retirement living apartments and affordable housing.

It was all the way back in 2018 the scheme for an assisted living development was granted on appeal. Property developer LifeStory though ‘reviewed the consented development’ before selling the site to McCarthy Stone.

They have now come back with fresh plans for the site. McCarthy Stone and Porthaven are holding a virtual exhibition to display their revised proposals, which respond to the concerns raised by the community as part of the original planning consent, and that the proposals have incorporated feedback received from the first consultation held in Summer 2022.

Fresh plans to transform The Knowle into a retirement village – Devon Live