PLANS for a £10m leisure zone along Exmouth seafront have been submitted by East Devon District Council.
Elements of the new Queen's Drive Leisure Zone could include a waterports centre, a large indoor and outdoor play and recreation area, retail areas, a public square and parking for more than 200 cars.
It could also include plans for another seafront hotel – the Elizabeth Hall on the Esplanade is being demolished to make way for a 60-bedroom Premier Inn.
The plans form one of the key Exmouth Vision proposals to be endorsed by the Exmouth Town Centre and Seafront Masterplan designed to regenerate the town and boost the economy.
The council has submitted the planning application following months of study and preparation, including a public consultation which gathered views from more than 500 local people and organisations.
Existing tenants who run the various businesses in the area being proposed for development previously expressed their concerns about their future.
A council spokesperson confirmed officials are in close contact with the tenants who are being encouraged to put forward their own detailed proposals.
"This is an exciting project," said regeneration programme board chairman councillor Andrew Moulding.
"It goes right to the heart of the masterplan's ambitions for Exmouth in the years ahead: new attractions, a boost to the economy and fresh appeal to those who live here, as well as those who visit."