Go-ahead for outdoor bar, beach huts, burger shack and Astroturf at popular Exmouth pub

A popular Exmouth pub’s proposals for a new outdoor bar and burger shack have been given the go-ahead.

Work can now begin at The Grove, on the Esplanade, after East Devon District Council (EDDC) granted the scheme planning permission.

The bid was amended twice after concern was raised it would ‘compromise’ the town’s £12million tidal defence scheme.

Young and Co’s Brewery asked for the green light to build a new a new external bar and associated cellar in its front garden as part of a revamp of its outdoor spaces.

This includes four beach huts, which would act as covered seating areas.

Existing grassed areas are set to be removed with Astroturf laid as part of the project – with festoon lighting doubling as a seagull deterrent.

Work will also see a rear external bar turned into a new burger shack and the pub’s existing front porch rebuilt.

Exmouth The Grove

Plans for The Grove in Exmouth

Approving the plans under delegated powers, an EDDC officer said: “The proposed development would enhance the offer of the pubic house in a tourist area and close to the town centre, which would not detrimentally impact on its surroundings or character and appearance of the area.”

In September, revised plans won the backing of Exmouth Town Council at the third attempt.

Members had twice objected to previous plans in June over concerns of the affect they could have on the tidal defence scheme.

The Environment Agency (EA) said previously the scheme would have ‘serious consequences’ on its multi-million pound project- with flood gates to be installed in the area.

However, the EA removed its objection to the amended application – saying the proposed sliding flood gates will now be able to operate fully.

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