3. Exmouth Sports Pitch Strategy
The East Devon Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) identified a significant shortfall of sports pitches in Exmouth to meet current and future demands. A key action of the PPS was therefore to assess options for where new sports pitches could be accommodated.
A Draft Exmouth Sports Pitch Strategy has been prepared for consultation which assesses a number of options and makes draft recommendations on how to deliver on the sports pitch needs identified in the PPS.
The views of key stakeholders are now being sought to feed into the process and inform final recommendations to elected Members later in 2016. Consultation will run from Friday 27th May 2016 until 5pm on Friday 8th July 2016. Any comments received after this point will not necessarily be taken into account. Comments should be sent to Planning Policy preferably by email to email@example.com, otherwise in the post to Planning Policy, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8HL.
The draft strategy consists of:
It is important to note that at the point of going out to consultation the draft recommendations contained in this strategy have not been considered by Elected Members of the Council. At various stages in the PPS process Members clearly stated that they wanted to understand the views of the clubs and community before making any decisions on where any future sports facilities for Exmouth should be located. That being the case, officers felt that it was appropriate to consult on draft recommendations and amend them in light of comments made before taking the final recommended strategy to Members for adoption.
It is also important to note that the recommendations in this strategy are not a substitute for planning permission and do not mean that such proposals would necessarily gain planning permission. All planning applications are considered on their own merits against the development plan and any relevant material considerations of which this strategy would be one.
The Council is not obligated to fund or deliver any of these projects, however it will work closely with key partners towards their realisation.