Meeting will be held at refurbished Exmouth Town Hall

Planning applications for temporary activities on Exmouth seafront will be considered by the council’s Development Management Committee on Tuesday 6th March.

The applications include a temporary uses area on Queen’s Drive which would be provided for a 12 month period and include three zones themed around food and drink, children’s play and an events space. The committee will also consider an application to bring back the observation wheel that was so popular among visitors last summer, to make a return for the next two years.

Both applications are recommended by council planning officers for approval and will be considered by the council’s Development Management Committee on Tuesday 6th March at 10am. The meeting will be held in the recently refurbished Exmouth Town Hall.

The application for the temporary uses area has attracted interest and debate with 58 letters received of which eight support the proposals. A variety of concerns were considered and addressed in their report to the committee. Additional information was provided by the applicant and Exmouth Town Council has also considered the application in detail.

Cllr Mike Howe, chairman of the Development Management Committee, said:

These applications are important for the future of Exmouth seafront and I was keen to make use of our council chamber in Exmouth Town Hall and hold the meeting there so that residents have every opportunity to listen to the debate.

Cllr Philip Skinner, the council’s portfolio holder for the economy and chairman of the Exmouth Regeneration Board, said:

I’m encouraged by the officer recommendation for approval for these applications for temporary uses.  It is important that we look forward with the Queen’s Drive site and we aim to do this by creating a new and exciting free play space for children, along with a food and drink offer and some summer events for residents and our visitors to enjoy.