PUBLISHED: 15:42 13 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 10 June 2010
ASDA has released four early stage drawings of its proposals for the redevelopment of the Exmouth bus station and leisure centre site. The proposed development which incorporates a 40,000 sq ft supermarket comprises a new leisure centre, 20-30
ASDA has today released four early stage drawings of its proposals for the redevelopment of the Exmouth bus station and leisure centre site. The proposed development - which incorporates a 40,000 sq ft supermarket - comprises a new leisure centre, 20-30 residential units, a new visitor centre with estuary viewing gallery, estuary-related retail units and a new library and further retail units which face the town centre. The actual ASDA supermarket building is located in the centre of the development - masked by the other proposed facilities.It appears that only the name ASDA gives any real indication that a supermarket stands on the site. The plans also mean that people will be able to see the estuary - across a boulevard - when they leave the town centre towards the development. The new visitor centre currently stands on a corner of the development - overlooking the estuary - and has been designed on stilts.The new leisure centre would be seen as people travel down Marine Way towards the town centre.On the riverside would be the estuary-related retail units and the 20-30 residential units, taking advantage of the great views.The new library will occupy the eastern corner of the development - linked by a walkway to the visitor centre.ASDA says the whole development is designed to be "compact, maximising the amount of public space around the building with great attention being paid to how the development and its facilities are linked to the town and to the estuary itself". The development, says ASDA, has been laid out to work with Exmouth's existing transport links, using current road access, and accommodates the train station, new bus stops, cycle lanes and cycle parking and car parking, including parent and child and special needs. ASDA says the development links into the larger network of pedestrian footpaths on the estuary side of the site and, "most importantly", offers easy access for pedestrians to and from the town centre via a boulevard onto Imperial Road and Marine Way.Chris Marlow, ASDA, said: "I am very pleased to be able to give the people of Exmouth some more information about the plan we are proposing for the redevelopment of the estuary bus station and leisure centre site. "These are early stage drawings, but we hope they show the work that has gone in to develop a proposal that is right for this special site and meets the requirements of the local community. "It is a scheme for the whole site and our aim has been to create a building and facilities that will have an enduring relationship with the town centre on one side and the estuary on the other."We believe that the bus station site is a far more sustainable location than an edge-of-town site. Not only is it an already developed area, but its position adjacent to the centre will encourage people into the town rather than pulling them out. "We have worked hard to establish strong links to existing public transport as well as new pedestrian routes for this reason."We will be asking local people for their views on the development in the next few months. "In the meantime, we hope these images give an idea of how this proposal will improve the range and choice of supermarket shopping in Exmouth and benefit the town, not just in terms of new facilities, but economically and visually as well.