Amended watersports centre plans get Exmouth Town Council backing

PUBLISHED: 08:30 05 May 2018

Amended plans for a watersports centre on Exmouth seafront have been submitted by Grenadier Estates. Picture: East Devon District Council

Amended plans for a watersports centre on Exmouth seafront have been submitted by Grenadier Estates. Picture: East Devon District Council

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Amended plans to build a new watersports centre on Exmouth seafront have been backed by the town council.

Developer Grenadier Estates has submitted updated proposals for a plot currently used as a car park on Queen’s Drive.

The latest designs include the removal of two sets of steps at the front of the building and changes to the ramp, including new access steps.

Plans for a watersports centre form part of ‘phase two’ of East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Exmouth Seafront Regeneration Scheme.

At a meeting of Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee on Monday, members voted to support the application.

Speaking at the meeting, Save Exmouth Seafront chairman Nick Hookway questioned the size of the amended ramp, adding: “The nearest existing concrete ramp is much smaller and more in keeping with the locality. Why should there be two large ramps on the seafront so close together? Would it not be possible for the watersports users to use the ramp to the east or the large ramp by Harbour View?

“The proposed design for the watersports centre ramp is visually imposing and unattractive and will also deny public access from parts of the beach.”

Councillor Bill Nash said the new designs answer some of the concerns previously raised about the proposal, and that other seafront ramps are not suitable for the watersports centre’s needs. He added: “There was some concern that, because of the steps, they were making a private beach in front of the site. By removing them, that fear has gone. Where that ramp is positioned is near where people are storing things. A lot of the equipment that people use comes down on a trolley and you could not use the Harbour View ramp – it’s too far away. The other ramp, towards Foxholes, goes straight on the sand and you can’t move anything once it’s on there.”

If given the go-ahead, the new centre will include a two-storey café, restaurant and retail building. The deadline for comments on the amended plans is Wednesday, May 9.

EDDC will decide the fate of the application.

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