May 022014

East Devon district planners have given the go ahead approval to the regeneration of the derelict Seaton Heights Hotel.  After several years of uncertainty the green light will be welcomed by all. This exciting scheme signals a major boost to the local Seaton economy and to East Devon.

The new development brings a new level of luxury hotel and dining to the area with top class facilities including Spa and Leisure facilities and 38 new luxury holiday deckhouses. More than 60 jobs will be created and many more visitors will be attracted to the area.

Lyme Bay Leisure is determined to make a start on site this summer. Contractors are to be appointed by the end of May. It is planned to build the scheme in phases starting with the hotel and leisure facilities.

Massive support was given by local people over two rounds of public consultation. More than 500 local residents attended a number of public consultations and support for the scheme was  virtually unanimous.

A  hiccup was experienced recently because a feared impact on bat flight movements over the site due to its proximity to the Beer Quarry and Caves, a Special Area of Conservation(SAC). However, thanks to cooperation between local ecologists, bat conservationists,  Natural England and East Devon District Council, Lyme Bay Leisure were able to come up with revisions to the scheme which secured and enhanced flight paths and existing habitats to the satisfaction of all parties.

Neil Parish M,P. helped facilitate a resolution of these difficulties when the project was in in real jeopardy. He says’

“I am very pleased that common sense has prevailed. The development, along with the swimming pool, will be a great asset for the community of Seaton. This large investment in Seaton will be appreciated by residents and visitors alike.”

James Hetherington of Lyme Bay Leisure greeted the decision saying,

 ‘’ We are absolutely delighted to have this approval and look forward to repaying the faith and support in the project that was so overwhelmingly given by local people, by welcoming them through our doors by the summer of 2015.”

David Sullivan, Chairman of Lyme Bay Leisure, thanked Seaton Town Councillors for their enthusiastic support,

 ‘’ The support of Sharon Bruce and her colleagues on the town council and East Devon District Councillors for Seaton were massively important in ensuring that this scheme was approved.”

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