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Guide Exmouth regeneration frequently asked questions and answers - February 2016

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12. What do the development proposals include (with map)?

The development will be a phased approach (see map below). This is a practical approach and is designed to make sure that development gets underway as soon as possible. Where possible and practical, EDDC has offered tenants the opportunity to keep trading until we need their site for development. The aim is to avoid leaving sites derelict or boarded up for an unnecessary length of time.

Queen's Drive Development Site
Queen's Drive Development Site

Phase 1 (blue)

The Road and Car Park

The road will be redirected behind the current car park. A new car park will be built behind the realigned road on the current mini golf site.

Phase 2 (yellow)

Southern site (existing car park and road) - The Watersports Centre

The site between the realigned road and the seafront will see a new, high quality centre for kite surfing, windsurfing and other water sports. The current proposals are for training rooms, offices and equipment storage. It will cater for local school groups and youth groups as well as adult users.

The development will also include a small number of units for business studio, retail and cafés and public space including an open air performance space.

This is a not-for-profit proposal that will be created ultimately for community benefit. The developer has already undertaken community engagement including meetings with Transition Exmouth, potential users, the watersports community and others.

The developer is currently looking at the design in order to provide the most sustainable, low-carbon site.

Phase 3 (purple)

Remainder of the Site (former Fun Park, Model Railway and Harbour View café) - Mixed Development

There will be a mix of uses on the site involving both public and open space and a mix of built uses. The open space would include areas for public enjoyment, events and free play space for children alongside pay to play such as adventure golf and watersplash play. The buildings would include restaurants, bars and shops which would take up ground floor space to ensure that the street level is active in the day time and evening. The existing outline planning permission includes this mix of uses.

It also includes indoor leisure use. The development proposal includes a small multiplex cinema as an indoor activity which would complement but not compete with the indoor play provided by the Ocean complex next door. A small cinema complex will ensure all-year round use day and evening and would also attract new restaurants. The proposed cinema operator considers that Exmouth is of a sufficient population size to make a second cinema a viable and attractive proposition.

The existing planning approval does not include residential use but the proposed development does include some apartments above the ground floor restaurant/retail uses. The outline planning permission includes hotel and/or holiday accommodation but not residential. The proposal reflects the market view that the high quality design of buildings and landscaped areas, along with the mix of leisure development sought by the Council, makes most commercial sense if the site can include up to 40 apartments.

However, this is not finalised and further discussions will take place regarding these proposals.

The red area

The red area is not included in the development at this stage but in the future it is intended that it will be used as additional car parking spaces. The Amusement Arcade remains open.