The regeneration of Exmouth seafront has taken a big step forward after the council submitted plans for temporary attractions on the site of the former Exmouth Fun Park that closed at the end of August.
East Devon District Council have submitted plans for a temporary use of land, buildings and structures for a twelve month period for the purposes of entertainment, recreation and leisure.
The temporary uses being proposed will include a free children’s play area, a space for outdoor events and an area for street food kiosks and a seating area – but would see the boating ponds used for the famous swan boats would also be permanently filled-in.
Swan boats at the Exmouth Fun Park
Cllr Philip Skinner, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the economy and Chairman of the Exmouth Regeneration Programme Board, said: “The council is planning to introduce some new, temporary attractions similar to the Big Wheel which was so popular in the summer and attracted thousands of visitors and the open air cinema events which were all well attended.
“We have applied for a temporary use of land planning application at Queens Drive which is expected to go before East Devon District Council’s Development Management Committee in the New Year. The temporary uses being proposed will include a free children’s play area, a space for outdoor events and an area for street food kiosks and a seating area.
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“These are exciting times for Exmouth and we want to make sure that while the major changes are underway, there will be fresh reasons for people – residents and visitors alike – to visit and enjoy new things to do and see on the seafront.”
The applications says that installing temporary uses on the site will avoid the land being unused and derelict and will provide a good mix of high quality attractions for both visitors and residents.
It continues: “The proposal to be provided will be geared towards a wide range of people visiting the area and will ensure that this part of Exmouth retains its vitality and vibrancy while the proposals for the wider redevelopment for the area around Queens Drive are finalised.”
The site will be divided into three zones.
The red zone will see the existing boating lake filled in with material to create a soft sand or hard surfaced area and will be used as a seating area for the existing kiosk to the north of the boating area that will be refurbished and for temporary food kiosk that will be installed.
The green zone will be used as a play space, primarily for children and teenagers, and may include a climbing wall or a rope walk.
The blue zone will be an area where events are proposed that could include a variety of entertainment, including a large cinema screen, a music concert or fairs.
The temporary uses and the zones on the site of the former Fun Park
The application says: “At this stage, because the end users have not been specified, the precise nature/extent of the uses/structures cannot be identified. However, the key in delivering the uses and structures as promised is to ensure that planning permission has been granted for the land to be used for such purposes. Once that has been achieved, the council, together with the proposed operators, can establish how best to use the land.”
Already, East Devon District Council have started a tender process for to find experienced food festival operators who were interested in running to run an exciting and innovative a food and drink opportunity as part of the Queen’s Drive regeneration project.
The deadline for applicants is January 15.
The attractions would start to be available from March 2018 through to at least September 2018, potentially covering the winter period into 2019 and with a strong possibility of operating through the spring/summer season 2019.
Exmouth Fun Park
The proposals are part of East Devon District Council’s phase three redevelopment site on Queen’s Drive.
Phase one would see the Queen’s Drive road realigned and phase two is the watersports centre.
East Devon District Council’s planning committee will decide on the plans in the new year.
Exmouth seafront future timeline
Grenadier submit planning for watersports centre
The council submits planning application for Temporary Uses
Permanent, Visioning Exercise for new designs, uses and delivery mechanism,
Review options for marketing the café site
Planning decision on Temporary Uses
Planning decision for Grenadier for the watersports centre
Start on site with road and car park
Temporary Uses open to the public
Post completion of Vision exercise, review delivery strategy
Completion of road and car park – open to the public
Delivery strategy commences for permanent leisure offer
Start on site for watersports centre
More detailed proposals for consultation
Completion of Watersports Centre
Source: Devon live