Demolition of attraction on Exmouth sea front to go ahead soon

PUBLISHED: 06:30 26 August 2016


A plan to demolish two seafront attractions has been given the green light by the district council.

Jungle Fun and Arnold Palmer Golf, in Queen’s Drive, has been earmarked for demolition to make way for the planned seafront regeneration between the old lifeboat station and The Maer.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) officers decided to give the demolition the go-ahead despite opposition from Exmouth Town Council.

Concerns were raised at an Exmouth Town Council planning committee meeting on Monday about council officers’ power to make decisions on applications like this.

In response, committee chairman Lynne Elson said: “I contacted EDDC which has confirmed that any application in the name of EDDC has to go to development management committee and cannot be decided by delegation or the chairman and vice chairman.”

However, EDDC has confirmed they have ‘delegated’ powers, unless there is an objection from a ward member.

An officer’s report on the application said the plan was referring to the method of demolition and restoration of the site.

An EDDC spokesman said: “The application referred to was determined by officers.

“They have delegated powers to determine applications seeking approval for demolition, unless there is an objection from a ward member.

“In this instance there was no objection from the ward members.

“As we have said previously, the demolition of the buildings will enable work needed to be carried out as part of the overall redevelopment.”

Buildings and temporary structures, such as a single-storey entry kiosk and two-storey toilet block will be demolished.

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