The Seaton Gatehouse project continues to move forward. After several months of delay, Lyme Bay Leisure have resubmitted their planning application for the Seaton Gatehouse, Hotel, Spa and Leisure Resort. The revised planning application report is out for public consultation, yet again, and is due to return to EDDC planners for a decision on 1 October.
The earlier application was held up in planning because of a raft of issues to do with bat conservation and the maintenance of their traditional flyways across the derelict site of the old Seaton Heights Hotel. Following the advice of ecologists and bat conservationists extensive landscaping and design, management measures are to be introduced that safeguard the future in perpetuity of several rare species of bats.
Following the planning meeting, Lyme Bay Leisure is still determined to start construction within the next few months. David Sullivan, Chairman of Lyme Bay Leisure says,
‘’The project is now significantly delayed. This has proven hugely costly to us but it is hoped that EDDC will at last give their approval and we can start to make headway in delivering this project that all Seaton residents have been hugely supportive of ’’.
Once the site is fully consented construction could be completed over an 18 month period. Phase 1, the hotel, restaurant and spa could be completed within 12 months.
James Hetherington, Managing Director of Lyme Bay Leisure, is hoping for a start on site quite soon. ‘’
Following discussions with our project management and building contractors we hope to announce a start date quite soon. We are frustrated like everyone else with the hold ups but we are as committed as ever to bring this project to Seaton and be part of the town’s regeneration’’.