This was highly controversial when mooted formally back in 2008 when the District Council finally rejected the plans:
Voices were ranged for and against:
Whilst the Port Royal Steering Group's report in 2010 concluded that "Although the marina proposal had been rejected, the Leader of the Council revealed that the EDDC priority continued to be finding a buyer to develop the site. No such buyer was forthcoming. Meanwhile the strategic issues confronting the town remained - and Sidmouth’s Eastern town continued to be ignored by EDDC."
The developers published their proposals:
Which reignited interest: