32. Will the site be unused and for how long?
Where possible the Council has given site tenants the opportunity to continue trading until their site is required. This is to minimise the length of time that sites will be unused or not in development. For example, notice was given to all tenants as far back as November 2014 but trading continued through 2015. We expect that the Harbour View café will continue to trade for the 2016 season while other site development gets underway
Development of the whole site will take a few years as is inevitable in such circumstances with a site of this size and complexity. It will be necessary to board up the sites whilst development takes place to ensure that it is safe and secure. However, as the site is being delivered in phases, we expect that the Watersports Centre will be able to open up first since it is independent of work on-going on the remainder of the site. Importantly, there will continue to be road and footpath access along the seafront since the old road will not be completely closed until the new road is completed and opened. Car parking provision will also be retained throughout the construction works period with the new car parking opening as the old one closes.
The Premier Inn development for example, required the former Elizabeth Hall site to be secured and boarded during construction but that building phase was a necessary process to give Exmouth a hugely popular and attractive asset.
since it is independent of work