Watersports Queens Drive Exmouth- What expressions of interest were sought

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Dear East Devon District Council,

I make this request under the FOI Act and Environmental Regs

East Devon District Council has long been talking of plans for a watersports centre in the Queens Drive part of Exmouth and the only name mentioned as partner/provider/developer seems to be Grenadier Estates.

Will you kindly advise what information you hold on the history of the marketing /development of this project with particular emphasis on what steps EDDC took, when it first decided to explore the concept, in determining what interest there was for such a project and from whom. Were EDDC proactive in this matter or did they respond to expressions of interest?

If procative, please advise how EDDC went about progressing the concept, whether any consultants and or agents were engaged and if so, what they did to explore how Exmouth and East Devon might best benefit from any such project and who was the best partner to appoint.

If EDDC reacted to an expression of interest, what measures did they take to determine whether any there were any other parties who might be interested in such a project and to ensure that the selection of a partner was carried out in a fair and proper manner allowing any who may have had an interest to be made aware of the proposal, and that they had an opportunity to participate.

Please supply details of dates of all meetings held between EDDC and any agents of theirs, and Grenadier (or any of their agents) to include dates, venue and parties in attendance. Likewise for any other developer who may have been considered.

Please also provide details of what information you hold about proactive action taken by EDDC, or any of its agents etc, to ensure that their ideas for the development of Queens Drive in parts or as a whole, met with approval by those bodies who are responsible for enforcing the special status elements of the immediately adjacent Exe Estuary (RAMSAR, SSSI etc)

Please feel free to contact me at an early stage if you require claarication of any part of my request.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Todd

East Devon District Council

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Kate Symington, East Devon District Council

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Good morning Mr Todd

 

Thank you for your request for information. You have asked for information
relating to plans for a water sports centre on Queens Drive, Exmouth.
Please find requested information below and attached.

 

Will you kindly advise what information you hold  on the history of the
marketing /development of this project with particular emphasis on what
steps EDDC took, when it first decided to explore the concept, in
determining what interest there was for such a project and from whom. Were
EDDC proactive in this matter or did they respond to expressions of
interest?

Information held on the history of this project is contained within the
vision for Exmouth and the Exmouth Masterplan both of which can be
accessed online here
[1]http://eastdevon.gov.uk/regeneration-pro...

 

If proactive, please advise how EDDC went about progressing the concept,
whether any consultants and or agents were engaged and if so,  what they
did to explore how Exmouth and East Devon might best benefit from any such
project and who was the best partner to appoint.

See Exmouth Masterplan document
[2]http://eastdevon.gov.uk/regeneration-pro...

 

If EDDC reacted to an  expression of interest, what measures did they take
to determine whether any there were any other parties who might be
interested in such a project and to ensure that the selection of a partner
was carried out in a fair and proper manner allowing any who may have had
an interest to be made aware of the proposal, and that they had an
opportunity to participate.

Grenadier was one among a number of respondents to the marketing of
Queen’s Drive.  Information in relation to the marketing process has been
previously provided to you under ref: 423409 both in electronic and hard
copy.

Grenadier’s specific interest was in the provision of a water sports
centre on the site which was a key element to emerge from the Exmouth
Masterplan (see links to information above).  The marketing and selection
process was conducted in accordance with both industry best practice and
council approved procedures and with the professional guidance of the
council’s external advisers.   Marketing was undertaken widely to the
local and national property and developer sectors through regional and
trade press and through the professional network of the council’s external
advisers.   

 

Please supply details of dates of all meetings held between EDDC and any
agents of theirs, and Grenadier (or any of their agents) to include dates,
venue and parties in attendance. Likewise for any other developer who may
have been considered.

Please find this information attached. Among the proposals to come forward
for development on the Queen’s Drive site, the one dedicated to a water
sports centre was from Grenadier.  Grenadier is therefore the sole
developer considered for this element of the overall regeneration of
Queen’s Drive.

 

Please also provide details of what information you hold about proactive
action taken by EDDC, or any of its agents etc, to ensure that their ideas
for the development of Queens Drive in parts or as a whole, met with
approval by those bodies who are responsible for enforcing the special
status elements of the immediately adjacent Exe Estuary (RAMSAR, SSSI etc)

As part of the original master-planning process and the outline planning
application process, the statutory consultees will have been invited to
participate through the consultation process.  When a detailed planning
application comes forward from Grenadier Estates, the same consultees will
be consulted as part of the planning process. Information relating to
planning applications is available from our website here
[3]https://planning.eastdevon.gov.uk/online...

 

I hope this information is helpful.

 

If you feel dissatisfied with our response to your request for
information, please contact our Monitoring Officer, Henry Gordon Lennox,
to request an internal review at [4][email address]

 

Regards

 

Kate

 

Mrs Kate Symington

Information and Complaints Officer

East Devon District Council

 

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