Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >>> Councils approve project brief for ‘Scoping Report for the eastern end of Sidmouth’ >>> press release

The Town Council has agreed to the Terms of Reference for the promised Scoping Study for Port Royal:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >>> Town Council approve project brief for ‘Scoping Report for the eastern end of Sidmouth’ >>> further reports

As has the District Council:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >>> District Council approve project brief for ‘Scoping Report for the eastern end of Sidmouth’ >>> 'We weren’t perfect in Exmouth and we have all learnt lessons from that'

Questions were asked at both Council meetings when the Report was discussed:
SIDMOUTH TOWN COUNCILMinutes of the Meeting of Sidmouth Town Council- Monday 5 September 2016
EAST DEVON DISTRICT COUNCIL - Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held at Knowle, Sidmouth on 14 September 2016

Following these reports further questions have arisen - and still remain open:

Port Royal set for regeneration

By Peter Hodges -September 20, 2016

 A DILAPIDATED area on Sidmouth’s seafront is set for regeneration after East Devon District Council’s Cabinet in partnership with Sidmouth Town Council, agreed to start a Scoping Study into Port Royal.

Sidmouth Town Council has already recently approved the detail of a Scoping Study for Port Royal and now East Devon District Council’s Cabinet have followed suit.

A Scoping Study’s purpose is simply to set out the options which are potentially viable for an area such as Port Royal. Consultation, communication and engagement with the local community will be a primary feature for every stage of the project.

A spokesperson for the district council said: “The area, which is at the eastern end of Sidmouth seafront, falls way below the quality of what Sidmouth should expect and for many years there has been a local desire to see it transformed. At the same time, this is a complex area with a number of technical challenges.

“However, the two councils, between them, are the major landowners in Port Royal and can therefore make good things happen together.”

Shortly, the two councils will be commissioning the Scoping Study so that experts can set out out the key issues and way forward towards a detailed plan for the future potential for Port Royal.

The Scoping Study will include a Reference Group made up of local organisations and councillors representing both councils. The Cabinet agreed that two Sidmouth councillors – Cllr John Dyson and Cllr David Barratt – will represent East Devon District Council on the group.

Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of East Devon District Council, said: “This initial exercise is very much the beginning of a process that will have Sidmouth people and businesses at its heart. We expect that it will take several months with a report on key issues and next steps to come before the councils in the New Year.”

Councillor Jeff Turner, Chairman of Sidmouth Town Council, said: “I am pleased that Sidmouth Town Council will be leading this study with the District Council. This area has long been talked about but nothing has ever happened and I am very pleased that the two landowners are finally taking action to start the process.”

Port Royal has been a hot topic in Sidmouth for a long time and earlier this year a local architecture firm ran an international competition to design what the regeneration of the area should look like.

“This was not in conjunction with East Devon District Council but a privately run competition. Members of the public voted for what they thought should happen, with most of the feedback agreeing a community space was what was needed for the area.


Port Royal set for regeneration - View News

The report quotes from the District Council's own press release:


EDDC’s Cabinet approves Scoping Study for renewal of Sidmouth’s Port Royal

15 September 2016


Sidmouth Town and East Devon Councils to commission experts to scope out way forward

In partnership with Sidmouth Town Council, EDDC is starting a process to renew Port Royal.

The area, which is at the eastern end of Sidmouth seafront, falls way below the quality of what Sidmouth should expect and for many years there has been a local desire to see it transformed.

At the same time, this is a complex area with a number of technical challenges. However, the two councils, between them, are the major landowners in Port Royal and can therefore make good things happen together.

Sidmouth Town Council has already recently approved the detail of a Scoping Study for Port Royal and last night (Wednesday Sept 14), East Devon District Council’s Cabinet followed suit. A Scoping Study could otherwise be described as an options appraisal. Its purpose is simply to set out the options which are potentially viable for an area such as Port Royal. Consultation, communication and engagement with the local community will be a primary feature for every stage of this project.

Shortly, the two councils will be commissioning the Scoping Study so that experts can set out out the key issues and way forward towards a detailed plan for the future potential for Port Royal as a true asset for Sidmouth.

The Scoping Study will include a Reference Group made up of local organisations and councillors representing both councils. The Cabinet agreed that two Sidmouth councillors - Cllr John Dyson and Cllr David Barratt – will represent East Devon District Council on the group.

Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of East Devon District Council, said:

This initial exercise is very much the beginning of a process that will have Sidmouth people and businesses at its heart.

We expect that it will take several months with a report on key issues and next steps to come before the councils in the New Year.


Councillor Jeff Turner, Chairman of Sidmouth Town Council, said:


I am pleased that Sidmouth Town Council will be leading this study with the District Council. It is an early process designed to look at the art of the possible using information from a great many sources. This area has long been talked about but nothing has ever happened and I am very pleased that the two landowners are finally taking action to start the process.


15 September 2016 - EDDC’s Cabinet approves Scoping Study for renewal of Sidmouth’s Port Royal - East Devon

See also:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal and the Eastern Town >>> >>> architecture competition to re-imagine Port Royal >>> winning design chosen >>> Architects' Journal report
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