11. What is the current position with the Queen’s Drive Development?
It is part of EDDC’s commitment to invest in Exmouth as it already has done in the Strand and will do on Mamhead Slipway.
The Council has outline planning permission for the site and is expecting to pay in excess of £1m for the new road and car park that will allow redevelopment to go forward on the rest of the site. To cover this cost, the Council is seeking a capital receipt from the developer. The Council is not necessarily looking to make a profit on Queen’s Drive regeneration, but would like to recover these initial costs as part of the financial deal with the developers.
Planning applications have been submitted to enable the road and car park development to start.
The Council has two development proposals for the site. One is proposing a water sports centre. The other is proposing a mixed development of leisure uses, and accommodation. The latter proposal differs from the existing outline planning permission in that it proposes residential units above some of the commercial ground floor uses.
It is the Council’s preference to have hotel and/or holiday apartments on the site rather than residential and this is reflected in the existing outline planning permission. Development and investment proposals will be subject to more detailed negotiation, public consultation and the scrutiny of a planning process. Any proposals with or without residential use would have to satisfy the Council as the landowner and comply with planning and environmental requirements, including flood risk concerns.