Exmouth residents will soon have the chance to hear about ideas for the future of the Queen’s Drive area of the town at a public exhibition on Thursday 14 November 2019 at the Ocean Suite, LED Ocean, Exmouth, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, organised by Hemingway Design and supported by East Devon District Council.
Interested members of the public will also be able to view the exhibition materials at a public drop-in at LED Ocean on the previous day, Wednesday 13 November 2019, from 12pm to 4.30pm.
Hemingway Design are encouraging as many people as possible to attend the presentation – A Vision for Queen’s Drive – and to learn more about the site’s potential to become a recognised regional destination and to thus benefit the town and its community.
HemingwayDesign will outline the valued feedback they 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, ie under real market conditions.
Wayne Hemingway is keen to emphasise the importance of Queen’s Drive in terms of its location, saying:
“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 is 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.”
Cllr Kevin Blakey, East Devon’s portfolio holder for economy, said: “I am delighted that Hemingway Design will be returning to Exmouth next month to present their findings following their consultation work and the work of our commercial advisors, Lambert Smith Hampton. The council is keen to encourage as many people as possible to try to attend the public engagement events on 13 and 14 November to find out more about the many opportunities that are waiting to be realised and to share their views with the team. This will help decisions to be made on the future of Exmouth seafront. Hemingway Design’s creative collaborative approach allows local voices to be heard and we are confident that this will be effective in ensuring that Exmouth becomes an even better destination, as well as an exciting and economically dynamic beacon on the Jurassic Coast.”