Officers back seafront Splash plan

Friday, December 6, 2013
11:00 AM

Major redevelopment plans for Exmouth seafront, which are at the heart of East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) vision for the town, have been backed by the council’s planning department.

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A decision on outline planning permission for the £10million ‘Exmouth Splash’ scheme, which includes the realignment of Queen’s Drive, new watersports facilities, holiday accommodation and leisure facilities to the west of the Maer, will be made by district councillors next week.

Ahead of the crucial meeting, the council’s planning officers have produced a report which recommends approval.

The report explains that the application has been arranged around five zones – a watersports centre, 250-space car park, fun park with indoor and outdoor facilities, Harbour View Café and old lifeboat station, and holiday accommodation – which could then be brought forward for detailed planning permission in stages, or all at once, depending on EDDC’s marketing process.

It adds: “The principle of the redevelopment of the site for a range of leisure uses is considered to be acceptable and in accordance with … the adopted Local Plan, the adopted Exmouth Masterplan, and emerging … new Local Plan that all seek the redevelopment and improvement of the leisure provision on this part of Exmouth seafront.”

EDDC has previously said that if outline planning permission is granted, it will appoint a developer partner to work on the detailed plans.

If these are then approved, after public consultation, work could start on site by the end of 2014.

Exmouth Town Council opposed the Splash in a majority vote at a meeting in September.

The decision on outline permission will be made by EDDC’s development management committee at the Knowle in Sidmouth, on Tuesday, December 10, at 10am.

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