'We'll change seafront plan'
PUBLISHED: 09:48 01 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:48 01 March 2013
Regeneration chiefs will "modify" plans to redevelop Exmouth seafront following a public consultation.
A new “Exmouth Splash” watersports hub in Queens Drive has been proposed as part of the seafront’s regeneration.
A public consultation was held which prompted 500 questionnaires showing a wide spread of opinion from residents, businesses, organisations and visitors.
EDDC councillors, officers and members of the Exmouth Regeneration Project Executive will now propose to modify the scheme, writes David Beasley.
One change is that the watersports hub would move to the far eastern edge of the site because of water users’ concerns on beach safety and the size of site for required storage.
The public open space area would now be in the centre front of the site – the original site of the watersports hub.
This would aim to give a more “natural and open” feeling to the area on arriving from the west.
Another change would be that rather than have a fenced off pay-to-enter area, attractions such as mini-golf would be included within the public open space.
This would be similar to arrangements on regenerated seafronts in other towns such as Teignmouth.
Car parking would be at least 280 spaces but remain as surface car parking only.
This would be nearly 80 more than the number there now.
Additional spaces specifically for hotel/holiday accommodation could increase this figure by approximately another 50.
And council bosses have pledged to further investigate the “market demand” for a hotel or other type of holiday accommodation at the north-western part of the site.
The proposals will go before East Devon District Council’s cabinet on Wednesday, March 6, and if approved a formal planning application could follow quite quickly.
As well as specific modifications to the scheme, councillors will also consider proposals which would allow existing tenants to be part of Exmouth Splash by bidding for long leases.
Cllr Andrew Moulding, chairman of the Exmouth Regeneration Project Board, said: “Public consultation revealed a wide spread of opinion about what should happen at Exmouth Splash, including a range of thoughtful suggestions.
“I’m pleased that we have been able to propose some modifications that respond to some of the more strongly-held opinions.
“We won’t be able to act on everything that was suggested, but I am confident we have an improved, exciting and sustainable proposal to take forward.