Cinema screen, pop-up food outlets and play area proposed for Exmouth seafront

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 December 2017

Coloured zones indicate where attractions may be sited. Red is where boating lake used to be; green is where the miniature railway once was; and blue is a site behind the former Exmouth Fun Park.

Coloured zones indicate where attractions may be sited. Red is where boating lake used to be; green is where the miniature railway once was; and blue is a site behind the former Exmouth Fun Park.

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Exmouth seafront could become a venue for film and sport screenings and live music concerts, if a new planning application for the Queen’s Drive site gets the go-ahead.

Other uses of the plot, previously home to Exmouth Fun Park, could include pop-up food outlets, soft or hard seating and a play area for children.

The attractions, earmarked to be installed in March next year, will be in place for 12 months to ‘avoid the site being unused and derelict’ in the period before it is developed as part of ‘phase three’ of the district council’s Queen’s Drive regeneration scheme.

The planning application states: “The council has the ability to undertake the development as approved, but this will not happen immediately. “With that in mind, the council wishes to operate a variety of temporary attractions from the site.”

The site covers the former Exmouth Fun Park, Crazy Golf and Jungle Fun, as well an area of land which used to be home to a miniature railway.

This new application has divided the plan area into three zones:

• Red zone – where the boating lake used to be;

• Green zone – where the miniature railway once was;

• Blue zone – a site behind the former Exmouth Fun Park formerly used as a playground.

In the red zone, the existing boating lake could be permanently filled with material to create a soft sand or hard surfaced area.

The plans say the kiosk to the north of the boating lake could be refurbished and further temporary food outlets could be provided to the western boundary of the zone.

There could also be a large sail installed to shade part of the area to be used in the evenings.

In the green zone, it is being proposed that a play space could be created for use primarily by children and/or teenagers. A final decision on what is to be included in this area is yet to be made, however, it could include a climbing wall and rope walk.

In the blue zone, there could be a large cinema screen or facilities for concerts and/or fairs.