Developer unveils £18m seafront plan
PUBLISHED: 11:12 26 July 2015
Luxury flats, shops, eateries, a multi-screen cinema and a new Harbour View Café and coastwatch tower could all be built on Exmouth seafront.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) has unveiled £18million plans to develop the nine acres between the old Lifeboat Station and The Maer.
EDDC says the draft plans, by Bournemouth-based Morai Capital Investments, will create 175 jobs and boost Exmouth’s economy by £4million a year.
The proposals also include an outdoor water splash zone, ‘adventure’ golf and ground-floor restaurant and cafes.
Three apartment blocks are proposed, with flats variously on the first and second floors. Their sale would pay for altering the direction of Queen’s Drive, which would make space for a watersports centre by Grenadier Investments.
The sale would also pay for a car park where Exmouth Amusements is now sited. The amusements centre was one of the leisure facilities that EDDC last year said would not have to move.
The Journal this week asked district bosses how many flats could be developed as part of the proposals, but a spokesman said the “initial plans” were not final and would “evolve over the coming months through work with the community”.
However, the Journal believes the graphics indicate that the largest, ‘S-shaped’ block would be around 140 metres long and 90 metres wide.
Seafront traders have been told they can trade until September, with building work on both the car park and road set to begin soon after.
Cllr Andrew Moulding, chairman of Exmouth Regeneration Board, said: “The proposals are very much in their infancy and there will be more work to do with the community and Moirai to ensure that we can achieve something that works for all ages.”
Martin Barber, chairman of Moirai, said: “The scheme will provide investment, employment and better facilities for the local population.
“The scheme will be designed in such a way that it will complement the watersports centre [which will be built nearby].”
Exmouth councillor Mark Williamson backed moves to ask residents their views over the summer.
However, Cllr Eileen Wragg, a Lib Dem member of EDDC’s cabinet, said: “I’m concerned about the location of flats in a vulnerable area.
“Two years ago, we saw storms wash away the ice cream kiosk, which was only metres away.
“I have lived in Exmouth all my life and I have never seen the water come up that far.”