A once-iconic Exmouth nightspot turned children’s play area and a pair of pubs face demolition to pave the way for 35 apartments – if these plans are approved.
The proposals would see Sam’s Funhouse, The Bank and Number 9 Sports Bar in St Andrews Road make way for a complex boasting homes, a restaurant and café/bar.
Stag Inns (Exmouth) Ltd has submitted the blueprints to East Devon District Council (EDDC).
It wants to replace the current buildings with a development featuring dwellings on its upper floors and businesses at ground level.
There would also be a new space for the existing youth centre, according to the plans.
The applicant says the new construction on the corner of St Andrews Road and Imperial Road would ‘revitalise’ the site.
The plans state: “The development will incorporate one restaurant, one café/bar, a new space for the existing youth centre, car parking and 35 apartments of one, two or three bedrooms.
“The site presents an opportunity to revitalise a business street frontage with businesses of more sociable hours near to the main route between Exmouth seafront and town centre, while providing housing in a prime location close to services with attractive views across Manor Gardens towards the sea.
“This proposal also contributes to affordable housing needs of the Exmouth town.”
The plot has been advertised for sale since mid-summer 2017, says the application.
A quarter of the apartments would be ‘affordable’, with the remainder going on the open market.
The proposals feature 25 parking spaces with access off Imperial Road.
It is also stated within the plans: “The proposal subject of this application looks to change the use of the upper floor of the site with accommodation in the form of 35 residential apartments.
“The ground floor will be maintained as businesses which will contain a café, restaurant and youth centre within a street frontage along St Andrews Road. This will maintain the overall existing usage of the ground floor.”
Plans state the south and west portions of the building are ‘proposed to be two-three storeys higher in places’.
The site is within the Exmouth Conservation Area and the applicant says the existing property is ‘not of any significant asset to this designation’.
EDDC will decide on the application.