21. How much retail use will there be and won’t this take people away from the town centre?
The current proposal is for three retail units. This is a modest amount of retail and is designed to focus on water and sports related uses such as clothing and equipment. The aim is not to detract from the town centre but offer goods appropriate to a seafront location such as beach wear and water sports equipment.
Connecting the seafront and town centre of Exmouth is a long standing challenge to be addressed through means such as improved signage and public transport. The revival of retail and leisure in Exmouth town centre and business has already been given a big boost by the Council’s investment in the Strand but the Magnolia Centre presents a future challenge that needs to be tackled.