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Dinosaur-themed park plan for Exmouth seafront

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A dinosaur-themed park, complete with swings, slides, roundabouts and a pterodactyl nest to climb in and around is set to come to Exmouth seafront.
East Devon District Council has announced they are moving ahead with delivering new attractions and entertainment on Exmouth’s sea front, while longer term development plans take shape.The council, which is the landowner, has awarded a contract for a new and free play space at Queen’s Drive with attractive and fun play equipment for children, teenagers and families.

Queen’s Drive play park – artist impression
The council is investing £150,000 in the project and the free play space will sit alongside a range of other temporary uses – including food, drink and events – to provide a lively and up to date attraction on the sea front, subject to planning permission being granted by the council’s own development management committee.
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Cllr Philip Skinner, the council’s portfolio holder for the economy and chairman of the Exmouth Regeneration Programme Board, said: “The free play space signals exciting changes underway for Exmouth seafront and we are looking forward to a positive planning decision on our application that will let the full installation begin.
“We want the Queen’s Drive site to be active and attractive for this holiday season and beyond. When we move toward permanent development and attractions on the site then equipment can be relocated and reused on other East Devon play sites, so that other children can continue to enjoy this brilliant new equipment into the future.”

Queen’s Drive play park – artist impression
The centrepiece of the playpark, subject to planning consent, is expected to be a 7.5m high ‘Old Wise Tree’, a tower feature with climbing and balancing activities, as well as a 7m tubular slide.
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This, along with another tall piece of equipment proposed for the site, will need approval from the council’s development management committee.
Permission is being sought as part of the council’s current temporary uses planning application for Queen’s Drive which is expected to go before the committee in March.Tenders were sought from play providers across the country to offer something very new for the town and six exciting and imaginative designs were submitted.

Queen’s Drive play park – artist impression
The council chose award-winning playground equipment specialists, Eibe, who have come up with a great mix of activities for different ages and abilities, based on a Jurassic theme. There will be swings, slides, roundabouts and see-saws along with sand pits to dig for fossils, as well as pterodactyl (flying reptile) nests to climb in and around.
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Work to install the play equipment will start after the permissions have been approved and the free play area is expected to be completed by late spring.

Queen’s Drive play park – artist impression
The council is continuing work on proposals for temporary uses for other parts of the site and is awaiting the outcome of its procurement process to select a food operator for the site.
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In addition, the council is finalising the appointment of an experienced event organiser to assist with the planning of a programme of activities for part of the site.

Queen’s Drive play park – artist impression
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 on the site of the former Exmouth Fun Park on Queen’s Drive.
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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 filled-in.
Exmouth town council thought have objected to the ‘vague and conflicting’ plans.

The temporary uses and the zones on the site of the former Fun Park
The application is currently due to go before East Devon District Council’s development management committee on March 6.
Time Line
Exmouth seafront future timeline

November 2017
Grenadier submit planning for watersports centre

December 2017
The council submits planning application for Temporary Uses

Early 2018
Permanent, Visioning Exercise for new designs, uses and delivery mechanism,

Early 2018
Review options for marketing the café site

February 2018
Planning decision on Temporary Uses

March 2018
Planning decision for Grenadier for the watersports centre

March 2018
Start on site with road and car park

Easter 2018
Temporary Uses open to the public

Summer 2018
Post completion of Vision exercise, review delivery strategy

Autumn 2018
Completion of road and car park – open to the public

Autumn 2018
Delivery strategy commences for permanent leisure offer

Winter 2018
Start on site for watersports centre

2019
More detailed proposals for consultation

2019/20
Completion of Watersports Centre


Source: Devon live