Seafront guru Wayne suggested for Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 16:57 23 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:57 23 August 2016

Designer Wayne Hemingway.

Designer Wayne Hemingway.

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A top designer has been invited to have his say on the future of Exmouth seafront.

Community group Transition Exmouth has asked Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of the Red or Dead fashion label and now a prominent development consultant, to consider the site East Devon District Council (EDDC) has earmarked for new facilities on Queen’s Drive, between the old lifeboat station and the Maer.

EDDC announced last month that it was re-tendering for the main leisure area of the site, for which Moirai Capital Investments was previously named the preferred developer.

Transition Exmouth chairman Adrian Toole said that although his group had not committed themselves to supporting or opposing any planning applications, it agreed with demands for an independent consultation.

Transition Exmouth says it believes the correct format for this consultation would be a revision of the 2011 Exmouth Masterplan, to which EDDC is already committed in its Local Plan.

It describes Mr Hemingway as the ‘one pre-eminent name’ in the redevelopment of seaside towns.

Mr Toole said: “As well as having a good record on community involvement, Wayne demonstrates a sensitivity to traditional seaside entertainments and locales, which is why he would be the ideal person to involve in the consultation guiding the revised Masterplan for Exmouth.”

Mr Hemingway is said to have indicated he is willing to visit Exmouth, on condition that he receives a formal invite from Councillor Philip Skinner, chairman of EDDC’s Exmouth Regeneration Board.

In response, Cllr Skinner said: “The council has been clear that it has the opportunity to take another look at phase three of the Queen’s Drive redevelopment and we will, in the future, be keen to explore innovative ideas for this important waterfront site.

“Mr Toole has only recently written to me about his ideas and we will be happy to talk with him about his proposals.

“We are aware that Wayne Hemingway has been mentioned by Mr Toole, but at this time we know nothing more than that.”

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