Vision for final phase of Exmouth seafront redevelopment to be unveiled at Hemingway Design exhibition events

A vision to further change the face of Exmouth seafront will be revealed to residents this week.

Proposals by Hemingway Design for Queen’s Drive, which include the Harbour View Café site, will be unveiled to the public on Wednesday and Thursday.

The scheme will involve a mix of public space, continued popular free play facilities and the kind of commercial developments that will pay for those elements and benefit the town’s economy.

Plans will be based on the Exmouth Masterplan, Neighbourhood Plan, and the results of surveys carried out last summer.

Exhibition materials will be on show at a public drop-in session at Ocean on Wednesday, November 13, from noon to 4.30pm.

Then, on Thursday, November 14, the Ocean Suite will host a public exhibition where Hemingway Design will present its vision.

It will outline the valued feedback it received from the online survey and how the views of respondents have guided the proposals.

The exhibition will also look at ways that these opportunities can be realistically made to happen.

On hand to advise on the deliverability will be commercial property advisors Lambert Smith Hampton, who have been testing the existing planning consent and new ideas against the current development market conditions.

Wayne Hemingway said: “Queen’s Drive is a very special location with the potential to act as a catalyst of positive change for Exmouth.

“What we are looking at it as the means to ‘unlock’ the potential modern visitor offer for the town while not losing the essential natural character of Exmouth.

“We welcome people’s views on the Vision for Queen’s Drive and look forward to receiving feedback from the public.”

Another public meeting is due to be arranged either just before or just after the Christmas and the new year period, where the public can give feedback on the proposals.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) leader Councillor Ben Ingham said last month that this will then enable the  authority to start taking the key decisions early in 2020.

He wants the proposals to be in place by the end of 2021.

The latest vision for Queen’s Drive is the third and final stage of seafront redevelopment in the town.

Phase 1 – the relocation of the road and the car park – has been completed.

Phase 2 is the construction of waterspouts centre Sideshore, which will also house a Michael Caines-run restaurant. It is set to open next summer.

Exmouth residents have also put forward an alternative vision for what they want to see on Queen’s Drive.

Edible plants, pay-to-play fun, water wars and climbing towers are on alternative wish-list for Exmouth seafront