Sidmouth Town and East Devon Councils to commission experts to scope out way forward

Sidmouth Town Council  is delighted to have received three tenders from firms interested in working with the town and East Devon District Council’s in respect of the Port Royal project.  

As key landowners in the area, the councils are commissioning the study to assist them in understanding whether the renewal of Port Royal is viable, and what the potential development might potentially include.

The study is the very first step in exploring renewal options for the area and it will provide expert opinion on the opportunities and constraints of any development. The study will also identify the boundaries, ownership and the needs of existing occupants.

The consultants selected to carry out the study will work with both councils and the Port Royal Scoping Study Reference Group which is made up of representatives from Sidmouth town organisations, the councils and Devon County Council. The Town Council will be working with colleagues at the District Council to select and appoint a firm of advisors early in the New Year and will keep the public informed of progress on this.

Cllr Jeff Turner, chairman of Sidmouth Town Council, said:

We are delighted to have received three submissions - it demonstrates the level of interest from the professional advisors and their confidence that this site represents an exciting opportunity for Sidmouth, with which they wish to be involved. We look forward to making our selection and appointment early in the New Year.