New pay-to-use loos and a community hub are given the go-ahead for Exmouth seafront

New pay-to-use loos, an office and community hub can be built on Exmouth seafront after an appeal overturned the district council’s decision to reject the plans.

A new building and five pay-to-use loos can be built at the Sideshore watersports and retail development on Exmouth seafront after a successful appeal, writes local democracy reporter Will Goddard.

The approved plans are for a single-storey flexible office and community hub on a wedge of grass to the west, and five public toilets to the rear of Sideshore in an extension to the bin store. The new loos would open from dawn until dusk and use contactless payments.

East Devon District Council’s planning committee initially refused to give permission to a company called Queen’s Drive CIC for the project in February last year, but the Planning Inspectorate has overturned the decision.


An artist’s impression of the new building at Sideshore, Exmouth.
Image: EDDC planning documents/Hilton Barnfield Architects.


The green wedge west of Sideshore, on the seafront.
Image: Google.


Site identification: where the new construction will be built.
Image: EDDC planning documents/Hilton Barnfield Architects.

The committee thought the proposed building would detract from the “character and appearance of the wider area” and would have been “detrimental to the openness and special landscape qualities of Exmouth seafront”.

But the Inspectorate overruled the council. It said the proposed structure would not be out of keeping with the character and appearance of this part of the seafront because of the nearby buildings, it would not interrupt views and it would occupy “a relatively small part of a grassed area and therefore would not compromise the openness of the site and its surroundings”.


Aerial photo of Sideshore development.
Image: EDDC planning documents/Avalon Planning and Heritage.

The new building will have desk space for the Sideshore venue manager and “flexible meeting space” for the company and other community groups. Planning documents say it will also “assist in facilitating events held on the adjacent Sideshore open space” and feature bird boxes, insect hotels, window plant boxes and trellises.

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