Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: the money from the sale of Costa by Whitbread would be 'used to expand the Premier Inn chain'
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >> a Premier Inn comes to Eastern Town?
As this sort of thing has happened before...
Elizabeth Hall site up for sale | Latest Exmouth News - Exmouth Journal
It starts with the deliberate neglect and rubbishing of publicly-owned assets:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and the 'managed neglect' of valuable assets
The only solution being to pull the dilapidated thing down:
EDDC planners confirmed holiday accommodation at Queens Drive two years ago | East Devon Watch
Futures Forum: The 'regeneration' of Exmouth seafront
Despite its heritage value:
Exmouth's Elizabeth Hall demolition and Premier Inn build approved - BBC News
And despite a community bid being put together:
Friends of Elizabeth Hall - Home | Facebook
What is clear is that in order to become the 'preferred bidder', you have to have "scored highest against a range of set criteria, which included economic impact, design and regeneration potential":
Hotel chain preferred bidder for Exmouth Elizabeth Hall
Hotel chain preferred bidder for Exmouth Elizabeth Hall - BBC News
There are clear parallels with the process happening on Sidmouth's seafront:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal > sales details are still not available for the marketing of the Drill Hall
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal > "Community value counts as well as financial. Selling simply to the highest bidder is unlikely to be best for the town - and achieving ‘best value’ can done with a combination of factors."