Have your say on the future of Sidmouth’s Port Royal

East Devon asks residents and local community for feedback on regeneration plans for Port Royal, Sidmouth

Consultation around initial ideas for how Port Royal may look in the future has begun and people are being invited to give their views by 5pm on Monday 31 July.

Consultants have been carrying out a scoping study to assess the feasibility of redeveloping the area on behalf of Sidmouth Town Council and East Devon District Council who are the major landowners of the site.

The study is the first step in exploring options for the area and will provide expert opinion on the opportunities and constraints of any development. It will also help the councils decide whether the renewal of Port Royal is achievable and viable, and what any potential development might include.

The study will also identify the boundaries, ownership and the needs of existing occupants. Over the last few months the consultants and officers have visited the tenants on the site including the Lifeboat and Sailing Club. They have spent time with these organisations to learn more about their activities and understand the important work they carry out which included the logistics of manoeuvring boats and trailers.

A concept idea for the area has now been developed by the consultants as part of the study and the public had the first opportunity to look at the proposals at a small exhibition at two consultation days in the town last month.

Those who couldn’t attend the events can complete a consultation questionnaire online.

If you need a copy of the consultation on paper or in any other format please email jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk or call 01395 517569.

Once all the data has been gathered and considered, the consultants will look at producing a set of recommendations which will balance community expectations with what is achievable in the area.  These recommendations are expected to be considered by Sidmouth Town Council and East Devon District Council later in the year.