Sidmouth Town Council’s dim view of car park lighting bid at The Donkey Sanctuary

Sidmouth representatives have taken a dim view of proposals to illuminate a car park and footpath at The Donkey Sanctuary.

The international animal welfare charity has asked for planning permission to install new bollard lighting on the 30-space plot at its Salcombe Regis home in Mire Lane.

But town councillors say they cannot support the bid as it falls foul of the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan.

The Donkey Sanctuary has asked East Devon District Council (EDDC) for the go-ahead to mount LED lights on three-metre-high columns on the plot.

The lighting would occupy an area of around 11sq m.

Sidmouth Town Council’s Planning Committee ruled it was unable to support the application because it goes against the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan.

The blueprint – which helps shape development in the parish – states there will be a ‘general presumption’ against all outdoor lighting outside of the Built-Up Area Boundary.

This is the case unless there is ‘overwhelming operational requirement’ and the ‘illumination has been designed to minimise light spillage and the hours of usage are restricted by planning condition’.

EDDC will decide the fate of the application by The Donkey Sanctuary.

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