Lyme Bay Leisure were looking forward to having their planning application for 38 two and three bedroom second homes, hotel and Gatehouse determined by East Devon District Council (EDDC) on 4 February 2014 having received very positive feedback from the various agencies involved. This was until EDDC received a letter from Natural England at the 11th hour suggesting that Lyme Bay Leisure complete additional surveys on the flight paths of the resident bats before construction commences. This is despite the company having already completed on site studies and having produced a mitigation plan which involves moving the bats under an EU licence to their new roosting house in the south west corner of the site.
Managing Director James Hetherington said “We are very disappointed with this turn of events especially at such at late stage in the planning process. We have been working tirelessly with our consultants to ensure that we commence with the first phase construction in April as originally planned. This glitch could easily delay the entire development by as much as six months as the flight paths cannot be monitored until the bats come out of hibernation in April or May of this year. In the meantime we are working very hard with the various bodies involved to find an immediate solution to this problem with a view to getting the project back on track”.
Lyme Bay Leisure have said they will continue to post updates on their website and Facebook page so the residents of Seaton are kept updated.