Before the preferred market bidder for the Drill Hall was announced, there were suggestions that certain monies could have been made available earlier:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: Were Fortfield Hotel developers' funds withheld from enabling a community bid for the Drill Hall?
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: and wondering whether the just-released £300k of developer's cash could have been put towards refurbishing the Drill Hall...
Furthermore, it had been suggested that the marketing of the Drill Hall had itself been a way to avoid the complication of putting together a 'master plan' for the larger area of Port Royal:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: selling the Drill Hall, rather than producing a masterplan
Perhaps the redevelopment of the Drill Hall is better than a block of flats at Port Royal - but the wider context has not been considered - despite a commitment three years ago from the planning authorities:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >>> ‘Scoping Report for the eastern end of Sidmouth’ to be presented to Cabinet >>> Wednesday 6th January
Sidmouth's MP is now suggesting we should indeed consider this bigger picture:
Hugo calls for masterplan for the Port Royal and Ham car park in Sidmouth
Wednesday, 6 March, 2019
East Devon's MP Sir Hugo Swire has written to Sidmouth Town Council and East Devon District Council to ask if they can set aside money received from the sale of the Sanditon apartments in order to commission a masterplan for the Port Royal and the Ham car park.
Hugo calls for masterplan for the Port Royal and Ham car park in Sidmouth | Hugo Swire
Sir Hugo has called for imaginative responses:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: "a missed opportunity ... It requires an ambitious approach."
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal and the Eastern Town >>> "a wrap-around car park, weaved between starter flats"
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >>> 'a clever design that incorporates multi-storey parking and residential homes with affordable housing'