The Place

Rolle Site

Rolle Site  

  • 1 acre level and landscaped walled site.
  • Prominent position on the outskirts of the town centre and with easy access to the Exmouth waterfront nearby.
  • The site is dominated by the Owen building at its western end. The Owen building was built in 2002 and contains a large atrium, a 240 seat performance space, a 120 seat lecture/film theatre, 5 seminar rooms and offices.
  • There is a wide array of single, two, three and four storey buildings in varying states of poor repair.
  • There are 2 large historic buildings, a large greenhouse and gardens at the eastern end of the site. The Eldin building is grade 2 listed.
  • The site contains numerous mature trees.

Exmouth has a railway station (15minutes walk), with main line connections at Exeter (25 minutes), whilst the M5 and Exeter airport are just 15 minutes drive away. In addition to its substantial summer tourist trade, Exmouth serves as a regional centre for leisure industries, particularly water sports such as sailing jet-skiing, and kite-surfing (two world champions are resident), and outdoor activities such as bird-watching, and walking. The Exe Estuary is a RAMSAR site (one of the highest designations available), a European Specially Protected Area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is noted in particular for its wading and migrating birds. A large part of the estuary lies within a nature reserve. Exmouth marks the western end of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which stretches eastwards along the coast to Poole, in Dorset; the South West Coast Path allows for walking along this coast. The town is also at the western end of the East Devon Way, a long distance footpath that leads to Lyme Regis.

Exmouth and its immediate area is dominated by the tourist industry, health and residential provision for the elderly, and public sector establishments such at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in Lympstone.

Exmouth Vision 

Overview of Exmouth Vision

‘Exmouth Vision’ is a hybrid public-private partnership driven through close joint working between Exmouth Town Council, East Devon District Council and Devon County Council. Alongside private investors, other public partners such as the Highways and Environment agencies will have an important role to play – as will, of course, the town’s residents, businesses and visitors.

Exmouth is a fantastic town, in a great location, with a wonderful history.

Exmouth also has the potential for a great future. Its unique seafront and estuary location, relative wealth, and skilled workforce are all important elements of 21st century living and working – for people and businesses alike.

Exmouth needs investment to halt a slow but steady decline and to transform the town into a vibrant place that uses its environment to its advantage. It needs to strengthen its economy both by expanding visitor numbers and by providing facilities to enable more of its young people to remain living here. This can be done through investment in better infrastructure, housing, jobs, retail and leisure provision, tourism services and water access.


Priorities for investment and development

  • Estuaryside transformation to create a stunning arrival into Exmouth town centre. This will include a new transport interchange, enhanced retail provision and road improvements. The Imperial Recreation Ground will be protected and enhanced. Exmouth Rugby Club will be supported to re-locate. Regeneration of Camperdown Creek will be closely connected to this work.
  • Major investment on the seafront along to Queen’s Drive, following on from the development of a Premier Inn on the former Elizabeth Hall site. Considerable impact will be derived from the Splash development, from improved existing attractions, a number of new ones, a greater “buzz”, and generally more to do for residents and visitors alike.
  • Pierhead and Mamhead enhancements. Mamhead is due for completion in 2016, and will give the town greatly improved access to the water for boats and other slipway users.
  • Re-development of The Strand is now virtually complete, but other town centre improvements will continue, thus attracting a wider range of shops. There will be improved signage throughout the town.
  • Provision of greatly improved and more numerous catering and toilet facilities along the seafront.

There are other development opportunities and other projects, although those that inevitably rely on public sector funding are unlikely to happen soon because of current budgetary restraints.


Background to Exmouth Vision

Exmouth Vision has its roots in the Exmouth Town Centre and Seafront Masterplan, produced in 2011.

Many of the vision’s proposals – such as transforming the entry point to the town and the future of some seafront attractions – have been the subject of keen debate and discussion in the town for many years. The current priorities have emerged from over a year’s worth of workshops, study and consultation in the town involving many groups, businesses and individuals.

Exmouth Vision will be managed tightly by EDDC following investment of £700,000 to support the major redevelopment projects. While ultimately progress of Exmouth Vision is the responsibility of the cabinet, Exmouth councillors have been involved in all the proposals and decisions.

The Exmouth Regeneration Programme Board, made up of representatives from all the main partners, is the central body for shaping progress in the years ahead and ensuring all views are taken on board.

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Why Devon

  • Growing economy – now worth over £19 billion. 67% growth over the last decade (UK average 53%) .
  • Plentiful, skilled workforce – over a third of the population educated to degree standard or above, rising to 43% in parts.
  • High employment rates – 76.8% compared to the UK average of 71.1%.
  • Research and development capability – the South West has soared ahead of other parts of the UK in R&D. Devon has among the highest number of granted patents in the region.
  • Strength in higher education –  a large proportion of academic research from our 3 leading universities is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship – Devon’s business survival rate is over 5% above the national average and the number of patents granted per capita is 3 times the UK average.
  • Easy access to markets – one of the UK’s fastest growing airports and rapid transport links make Devon an excellent gateway to the UK, Europe and beyond.
  • Lower overheads – labour costs in Devon are highly competitive, rents and rates for office space, retail premises and factories are also significantly lower.
  • Outstanding quality of life – consistently ranked the best place in the UK to live.
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