1. The decision
The decision to relocate was taken by council members on 25 March 2015. The council will move out of its current premises at Knowle, Sidmouth to purpose built offices in Honiton and to Exmouth Town Hall, which will be refurbished.
Council officers are engaged in implementing the decision of the council which will see relocation to Exmouth take place during the latter part of 2017, with relocation to the new purpose built offices in Honiton by late 2018. It is important to note that these dates have to remain indicative only as there are many factors outside the control of the council that may create delays in this process.
At a meeting of the full council on Wednesday 26 April 2017 recommendations to progress this major project were approved. The council approved a report which recommended that relocation to Honiton should not be dependent on the immediate redevelopment of East Devon’s current offices at Knowle, which is owned outright by the local authority.
Knowle’s sale and ultimate redevelopment will still take place in the future and the capital receipt will then be secured to largely fund the relocation which will cost £10,361,000 in total.
The council will also consider investing in a more direct approach to the entrance to the new Honiton HQ by building an access road along the side of the existing East Devon Business Centre. At a cost of £225,000 this would simplify the route from the main road to the council’s offices for visitors and staff alike.
The council will now start working with its contractors Interserve over the next few weeks and preparatory work on site, prior to building work, will begin shortly.