ASDA worse than envisaged

PUBLISHED: 16:33 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 10 June 2010

The drawings of ASDA s proposal reveal a development even worse than I previously envisaged.

The drawings of ASDA's proposal reveal a development even worse than I previously envisaged.

It appears to be a truly vast complex of two, three, even four-storey buildings extending solidly up the estuaryside, obscuring the view north to Long Farm and Lympstone as well as west for the entire length of Marine Way.

Coming by road or rail, visitors may well think they have arrived at an industrial estate, having no visible clue of it being a seaside town or special marine wildlife area. So why would they want to come here at all?

Not only is the increased disruption likely to disturb waterfowl, but also demands quite a long way to go to find a peaceful spot from which to observe them.

Of course, designers' drawings do not show the litter and pollution, the displaced and dead wildlife, the traffic congestion, collapsing small businesses or any other consequences of such a multi-national's domination, especially to this particular geographical location.

Since the whole set up is fairly narrowly sandwiched between the river and the railway line, with only a pedestrianised connection, I am curious as to how vehicles would gain access to the retail and residential units for deliveries etc.

And with sea levels set to rise, is it really such a good idea to place so much of the town's infrastructure at the water's edge?

Bee Warren,

(via email).

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