Prevent further construction and destruction of open space on Exeter Quayside
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Planning permission has been applied for by Rockfish to build a modern new restaurant on Exeter's historic quayside upon the only remaining open green space; the outdoor seating area of an existing independent cafe bar.
You may have seen the A4 yellow flyers that Exeter City Council sparsely adorn lampposts with giving notice of this planning application. Upon it they openly state that 'The development would, in the opinion of the local planning authority affect the character and appearance of a Conservation area'.
In their planning application, Rockfish declare that the area is "too open and requiring further development to help regenerate the area". Over recent years Exeter Quayside has regenerated itself as a social hub, filled with people enjoying the existing independent bars, shops and outdoor activities. If anything, more open space is required to safely accommodate for the increasing numbers of people using the quay, especially at times of events such as bi-weekly food fairs and annual festivals. Further, many historic buildings and features of the quay remain and the proposed building is not in keeping with any of them.
As Exeter fills with new restaurants and buildings at an alarming rate, is this new development, that would jeopardise existing small businesses and remove a open green space from the quayside, really necessary? A city needs space to breath and gather outdoors, if this construction goes ahead Exeter will loose an important open space and put independent local businesses at risk.
Please sign this petition if you would like to protect this green space and support existing independent restaurants and shops on Exeter's historic quayside for now and future generations.
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