Tenants updated on council’s development plans for East Devon business centre

Council’s new Honiton HQ will provide added benefits for small businesses leasing office space at the business centre

East Devon District Council has begun a series of regular progress update meetings with its small business tenants at the East Devon Business Centre in Honiton. Their purpose is to keep tenants informed about the council’s plans for its new headquarters, which will be built next door to the centre at Heathpark.

The council is keen to ensure that tenants know the latest details about the relocation and will give them the chance to discuss progress with key officers involved in the development of the council’s new office building. 

The council’s Deputy Chief Executive Richard Cohen, together with Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of the council, Councillor Philip Skinner, Portfolio holder for Economy and relocation project managers, recently met with tenants to let them know about the exciting future that lies ahead for the business centre when the new neighbouring HQ is completed.

Tenants were informed that the council’s designers, AECOM, will shortly start work on design plans for the new building and how it will sit close by and link with the business centre.

At the meeting, tenants were able to share their concerns over potential problems such as the level of disturbance they may face while construction work is taking place including parking. They also asked what improvements they might see when the new office has been completed.

Commenting on the council’s relocation plans for Honiton, Councillor Paul Diviani said:

It was extremely useful for us to hear their concerns, as their views are important to us. However, the meeting also enabled us to share our vision for the future of the council, which is now moving forward into an exciting planning phase, which we want the tenants to be part of. 

We look forward to having more of these meetings with our business tenants, which will allow us to talk openly and to address any issues, as well as showing how work is progressing. 

With works planned to start in the summer of 2016, we are now looking at an anticipated move in around autumn 2017. When this happens the positive impact of having the council on the same site as the business centre, will open up many dynamic opportunities for our tenants. 

Councillor Philip Skinner said:

The building of the new East Devon District Council headquarters will dramatically heighten the profile of the existing business centre, offering great opportunities for tenants to benefit from increased footfall, exposure and trade.

A further update meeting with tenants is being arranged later this month (December) to make sure they have the latest information, as well as the design detail that is currently being considered.