Council backs plans for 21 more workshops to house light industrial or office based service businesses

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Booming Seaton is set to welcome more new businesses.

The resort, which is bucking the national trend of shop and company closures, is likely to see another 21 workshops created in the next 18 months.

East Devon District Council is backing plans to create the extra units at its Colyford Road and Fosseway Park sites.

Cabinet members agreed last week to authorise detailed design work to enable a planning application and market testing to take place.

Fourteen workshop units, ranging in size from 50 to 70 square metres, are planned at the Colyford Road Depot site.

Another seven slightly larger units - 70 to 84 square metres - are proposed on the Fosseway Park land to the east of the Lyme Bay Auction Rooms, in Harepath Road.

The units will be designed to be flexible in the way the space is used and will be suitable for a wide range of light industrial purposes or office based service businesses.

Councillor Ian Thomas, cabinet member for economy and chairman of Seaton Regeneration Programme Board, said: “This is another example of the increased confidence in Seaton and forms part of our regeneration programme, bringing further investment and jobs to the town.”

Councillor Steph Jones, EDDC’s Seaton Champion, added: “There is a positive feel in Seaton at the moment and it is important to capitalise on this by generating new business and jobs. This will ensure a revitalised town for residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.”

To assess demand for the workshop space a marketing exercise will be undertaken in the New Year to inform the timetable for development.

Subject to planning consent and securing funding the workshops could be available for tenants by August 2015.

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