Deal is signed for watersports centre on Exmouth seafront

PUBLISHED: 14:43 23 August 2017

The site of the proposed Exmouth seafront watersports centre development. Picture: EDDC

The site of the proposed Exmouth seafront watersports centre development. Picture: EDDC

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East Devon District Council (EDDC) says it has signed the deal which will allow a new watersports centre to be built on Exmouth seafront.

The centre, on a site currently occupied by a car park on Queen’s Drive, forms phase two of EDDC’s three-phase seafront redevelopment plan.

The council says it has signed a development agreement with Grenadier Estates for the ‘community focused, not-for-profit’ project, which it says ‘will have a low environmental impact and carbon footprint’.

The council says details surrounding a public consultation process are to be released by Grenadier Estates and, once this has been completed, the company aims to submit a planning application later this year.

Should permission be granted, EDDC says it aims to move forward with phase one of its plans, which will see the road realigned along with a new car park, with this work starting in early 2018 and work on the new centre following later in the year.

Councillor Philip Skinner, chairman of EDDC’s Exmouth Regeneration Board, said: “I am delighted that we are entering into this agreement with Grenadier Estates.

“There has been a long-held commitment to have this watersports centre for Exmouth and we are now taking a huge step forward to achieving this ambition.

“The council, through the Exmouth Regeneration Board, has delivered significant improvements for Exmouth over recent years, including the new Strand in the town centre, the new Premier Inn and, more recently, the reopening of a brand-new Mamhead Slipway.

“The delivery of the first phases of the Queen’s Drive regeneration is now the next step in this exciting journey for Devon’s largest town.”

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