Campaign group reacts to Exmouth seafront watersports centre plan

PUBLISHED: 15:09 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:09 10 October 2017

Designs published for public consultation on the proposed new watersports centre in Exmouth

Designs published for public consultation on the proposed new watersports centre in Exmouth

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A campaign group has described the first image of a proposed watersports centre on Exmouth seafront as ‘uninspiring’ – but praised plans for consultation.

Developer Grenadier last week published an initial image for the centre on Queen’s Drive, which it says would host sports including paddle boarding, kayaking and kite surfing.

The centre forms phase two of East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) proposed three-phase Queen’s Drive redevelopment plan.

Nick Hookway, chairman of Save Exmouth Seafront, said the image released had ‘not exactly set the pulses racing’.

He continued: “While it is very difficult to pick out details from such an impression the most common response from those who have bothered to glance at it is “uninspiring”. Perhaps the artist gained inspiration from an out of town shopping centre.

“There are two points worthy of mention, firstly the buildings seem close to the beach and rather exposed.

“Secondly, the road is not shown in its expected form. The road is noteworthy as it will provide all necessary services such as water, sewerage, electricity and broadband.

“It remains to be seen what the designs will look like when the developer seeks planning approval at the end of the year.

“At least Grenadier Estates has provided three days for consultation with the public. EDDC would do well to follow this example.”

As revealed last week, Grenadier is holding consultation events at Ocean in Queen’s Drive on October 21 and 25, between 9am and 5pm, and on November 1 between 5pm and 9pm.

It says the proposed scheme would provide training and changing facilities alongside an outdoor events space and eateries, and is expected to provide services throughout the year.

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