There are many books and internet resources giving the history of The Knowle from when it was built through its occupation by Mr Fish, its life as an Hotel and its eventual acquisition by Sidmouth Urban District Council. This page documents the end of its life, as it is sold for redevelopment against the wishes of the town.
The plans by EDDC to relocate District Council headquarters from Knowle, Sidmouth began in 2007
The campaign to have The Knowle reused rather than redeveloped was of such importance to the town that several groups came together in an co-ordinated ‘SOS’. Devon and national organisations were contacted and lent their support but eventually, after an appeal to the Secretary of State by PegasusLife against the refusal of the Planning Permission, the redevelopment was give permission to proceed.
News and info was, and still is, available at Knowle Watch | Save Our Sidmouth
The Futures Forum work on the Knowle Plans is here :- EDDC Knowle Plans
The document Submission from the Vision Group for Sidmouth 17/00040/REF Knowle Appeal was the last document which went from the VGS to the Inspector presiding over the successful appeal by PegasusLife against planning permission refusal.
The East Devon District Council side of the story can be found through the links below
EDDC – Moving and Improving – Communication Events – July 2012