The regeneration work of Exeter canal basin has begun

PUBLISHED: 12:54 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:29 10 June 2010

Friday, August 15 - THE next phase in the regeneration of the Exeter Canal Basin area is now underway with work having started on a new building adjacent to 60 Haven Road.

The next phase in the regeneration of the Exeter Canal Basin area is now underway with work having started on a new building adjacent to 60 Haven Road.

Signpost Housing Association, in conjunction with the Sutton Harbour Group, is building 14 affordable housing units and a new restaurant.

Meanwhile the Mill House Partnership has completed its development adjacent to the Old Electricity Building and is now looking to commence works on the Old Electricity Building's conversion under the terms of its development agreement with Exeter City Council.

Bridger Marine Ltd are well advanced with the construction of their new chandlery building in the Haven Road Car Park, and the City Council is to submit its scheme for the construction of a new road through the large Haven Road Car Park linking Haven Road to Water Lane, together with improvements to the car park and the creation of a new seasonal boat laying-up area by the end of the summer.

The area has also been improved by the completion of the Kings Arms Isthmus scheme, with the relocation of the Harbour Buoy and landscaping improvements to this area at the top of the Riverside Valley Park.

Meanwhile discussions are continuing between the City Council, the Exeter Canal and Quay Trust and developers the Sutton Harbour Group about the remaining phases of the proposed mixed-use scheme at Canal Basin.

Sutton Harbour is currently in negotiations with potential occupiers in order to secure some pre-lets before work starts on the scheme.

Councillor Adrian Fullam, Leader of the Council, said, "The Sutton Harbour Group have confirmed that they are totally committed to bringing the remaining elements of the project forward in spite of the difficult economic circumstances, which is very reassuring.

"We are pleased with the progress that we have been able to make so far, especially with the work now underway on the affordable housing site, and hope that this project and others will help us build sufficient momentum to make the proposed future phases more attractive for advance lettings. That in turn will allow the regeneration of the Sutton Harbour sites at the head of the Canal Basin."

Alan Williamson, Chair of the Trust, added: "The Trust remains very keen to bring forward the refurbishment of the two listed buildings in our care and to see exciting new development in the area and everyone is working hard to achieve that."

Jason Schofield, director of development at the Sutton Harbour Group, said: "We are delighted that in partnership with the City Council, the Trust and Signpost that we have been able to facilitate the first phase of development, and we are looking forward to delivering the next phases of this high quality regeneration project at Canal Basin,."

The City Council, the Trust and Devon County Council are also discussing the design of a new building and facilities for the Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre.

The proposals as they stand represent a considerable enhancement of the facilities available for outdoor education in the City and its surrounding areas and the City Council is hopeful that a provisional agreement for this building will shortly be reached allowing the County Council to proceed with a formal planning application.

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