Exmouth seafront watersports developer plans consultation ’soon’

PUBLISHED: 17:09 24 July 2017

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The developer behind a proposed watersports centre on Exmouth seafront says investigative work it has carried out at the site will inform its latest plans.

Grenadier Estates says the development, which forms phase two of East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) proposed three-phase redevelopment for Queen’s Drive, has been ‘scaled back and redefined’ since the initial round of plans emerged three years ago.

Director of Grenadier Estates Peter Quincey said: “The site investigations carried out will help us to precisely determine the ground conditions, which in turn will inform the foundation design and layout of the new watersports centre. We very much look forward to presenting our exciting design to Exmouth residents in due course.”

The developer says its plans will soon go before the public for a ‘full consultation’, where everyone will be able to see the new designs for the building, and give feedback in a series of workshops.

Following this consultation, a planning application will be submitted to EDDC.

Mr Quincey said: “Having input from the people of Exmouth is essential, as we hope to create a centre that is very much at the heart of the community and will provide amenities that are currently lacking.

“The free changing rooms will offer hot showers heated by the sun and family friendly facilities.

“The current car park will be transformed into a multi-use green space, which we hope will offer the opportunity to host community events, such as food and drink festivals.

“Our aim is to develop a site that has a very small carbon footprint, thus reducing the impact of the building to both land and marine environments.”

Grenadier says that although it is funding the construction of the building, it will be transferred into a community interest company, allowing for future community projects. As a non-profit venture, it says all funds will be fed back into the centre and community for years to come.

A Grenadier spokesperson added that it was keen to stress it is only responsible for one section of the land undergoing development, with the seperate proposed mixed use leisure area set to be taken forward by other developers.

Campaign group Save Exmouth Seafront has previously called for full independent public consultation to take place ahead of any work, and questioned whether the proposed location of the watersports centre is suitable.


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