Exmouth seafront under spotlight

Councillors to discuss planning proposals to ‘unlock future potential of site’

A planning application which will unlock the future potential of a site on Exmouth seafront goes before East Devon’s Development Management Committee on Tuesday.

The district council, who are the landowners at Queen’s Drive, already has outline planning permission to develop the area for leisure facilities. This latest planning application concerns building design and the scale of any development on the site and is called a ‘Reserved Matters’ application. Approval of the application is needed to open the way for more detailed plans to come forward and the people of Exmouth will be fully consulted for their views on any development proposals for the site.

The council has submitted the application to ensure that there is continued planning permission for the land and to give confidence to developers who want to invest in the site. It will also give comprehensive permission to enable the council to build Phase 1 of the development to realign the Queen’s Drive road and build a new car park.

Phase 2 of the development is for a watersports centre and should the ‘reserved matters’ application is approved, developers Grenadier Estates will be putting their plans before the public and will be fully consulting with the community before applying for permission. The views of the public will be reflected in the proposed plans that will go before the council’s planners and further consultation will be carried out by the district council before any decision is made.

Once planning consent is approved for the watersport centre, the council will then begin the building works to move the road and car park to make way for the centre to be built.

New ideas are being sought for Phase 3 of the development and the council is keen to ensure that Exmouth residents have their say on what happens there so that the town can keep pace with the times and offer all-year-round attractive facilities which are already on offer at other seaside resorts.

The council has produced an infographic to help people understand the future consultation and proposed development of the site.