27. The location is liable to flooding so why encourage development there?
The Queens Drive site is in Flood Zone 3 according to Environment Agency classification. Much of Exmouth’s seafront and town centre is also in Flood Zone 3 including many existing homes and businesses. Flood Zone classification does not prevent development, nor does it mean that homes or businesses already in place should be closed. Businesses and residents have operated and lived on Exmouth seafront for a long, long time and will continue to do so. The Queen’s Drive site itself used to have cottages on the site.
Flood Zone 3 designation does not preclude development but it means that flood mitigation measures will need to be a part of any development to the satisfaction of the planning authority and the Environment Agency. Because this will be a modern development it will be more flood resilient than other locations in Exmouth.