District Council hopes to secure future of site for the benefit of local community and sports clubs

An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen to lease the Warren View Sports Ground in Exmouth.  This is one of numerous sports grounds that East Devon District Council owns and protects for sports and recreation in Exmouth and across the district.

East Devon District Council is seeking an organisation or group of organisations to take a long lease of the site for continued sports uses.

This unique opportunity is one which the council hopes will secure a long term future for the site so that it will continue to provide local community sports and support the health and wellbeing of residents of all ages.

The council is offering a long lease of up to 125 years on full repairing and insuring terms on the 10 acre (4 ha) site, which is currently arranged as two full size football pitches, one informal pitch/training area, car park and club house. Interested parties are asked to submit expressions of interest, outlining their proposals for the site, by noon on 24 March 2017. This timescale is to ensure that the future leaseholder will be able to complete any necessary work over the summer to ensure that the pitches are ready for the 2017/18 season.

East Devon District Council is seeking a financially secure tenant who aspires to improve the facilities. This is to ensure that the site can provide high quality and well maintained sporting facility for the benefit of local people.

Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment said:

Playing pitches play an important role in the quality of life for residents throughout our area, and we are determined that they enable as many teams and groups of all abilities as possible to enjoy being active and participating in sports. The Warren View site has huge potential and we really hope to get some high quality proposals that will see both the facilities improved and the number of people using them increase.

Councillor Darryl Nicholas, East Devon District Council’s lead councillor for sports and recreation said:

While the process is open to all suitable clubs and organisations, I am personally very keen to ensure that football will continue to be played on the site - of course this could be as part of a plan to host multiple sports there. I am in no doubt that with the right planning and creativity Warren View could be steadily improved and become a fantastic facility that our town can be very proud of.

Further details about Warren View can be found on the East Devon website.

To arrange a viewing, please contact East Devon District Council’s Property Services Team either by email at property@eastdevon.gov.uk or by telephone on 01395 517416.