Exmouth observation wheel plan recommended for approval

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 February 2018

Exmouth's big wheel. Ref exe 32 17TI 8904. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth's big wheel. Ref exe 32 17TI 8904. Picture: Terry Ife

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A planning application which would pave the way for the observation wheel to return to Exmouth seafront has been recommended for approval.

A proposal for the temporary change of use of land at Beach Gardens, in The Esplanade, to site the 28-metre high attraction will be discussed at East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) development management committee.

Ahead of the meeting, agenda papers reveal that planning officers have recommended approval for the application.

If councillors agree, the wheel will return to Exmouth seafront between March 24 and September 6 this year.

The approval would also allow the wheel to be sited in Beach Gardens between April 15 and September 8, 2019.

In the agenda papers, a planning officer’s report suggests that this planning permission be subject to a condition restricting the operation of the attraction between the hours of 9am and 10pm.

The observation wheel, operated by Mi Wheel Ltd, proved a popular attraction when installed on Exmouth seafront last summer.

This application was supported by the town council subject to issues surrounding the lighting on the wheel’s ticket office.

The officer’s report said: “It is again considered that the wheel is located in a prominent position close to the conservation area of Exmouth.

“As demonstrated when the wheel was in-situ, it is considered that the proposal does not detrimentally harm the appearance of the site and the surrounding area.

“It demonstrated economic benefits as it is estimated that around 12,000 people used the wheel during the last temporary consent.”

This application will be discussed at the EDDC development management committee meeting being held at Exmouth Town Hall from 10am, on Tuesday, March 6.

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