Strand pavilion back on

A Strand Pavilion is back on the cards with re-worked designs set to be filed with district planners in just weeks.

County chiefs have confirmed that proposals for a smaller, single-storey building, on the footprint of the old Strand shelter, are being drawn up by Paul Humphries Architects Ltd.

In July, plans for the �400,000 project were pulled because of fears the project could go �300,000 over budget – it was not considered ‘cost effective’.

The original plans were for a controversial, two-storey, glass-fronted, 92-seat caf�, which alarmed Strand caf� owners and led to a campaign and a petition.

However, county hall chiefs have now been careful not to make any mention of the caf� highlighted in the original design statement.

Instead, they refer to a retail unit ‘with a variety of uses’.

A county council spokesman said: “Designs are currently being finalised for a single-storey building on Exmouth Strand.

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“This revised planning application is expected to be submitted to East Devon District Council later this month.

“The county council will be applying for the full range of retail, which means that a tenant would be able to choose from a variety of uses for the building.”

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