Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Seaton Heights scheme to be unveiled at the town hall today (Tuesday - October 29) between 3pm and 8pm
Revised plans for a state-of-the-art boutique hotel on a hilltop site at Seaton will go on public show today (Tuesday October 29).
The Seaton Heights Resort will consist of 38 luxury rental lodges, hotel, gym, spa and restaurant.
It is the latest in a series of planning applications to redevelop the-long derelict Seaton Heights hotel site.
During the last seven years East Devon District Council has been asked to consider a series of different schemes.
This led to a planning consent in 2009 for an urban style development of 71 apartments, four cottages, restaurant and spa.
But due to the recession the development never went ahead.
The site has now been acquired by Lyme Bay Leisure who have created a brand new vision - one they believe respects the local area and exploits the spectacular views across Lyme Bay, the Jurassic Coast and the Axe Estuary.
The company says it understands the importance of making the design deliverable, ensuring that new jobs are created for local people and that they attract visitors to benefit both the resort and the locality.
Lyme Bay Leisure also plans to manage the site after completion, ensuring that Seaton Heights Resort creates “a lasting legacy that can be enjoyed by both visitors and local residents”.
The formal planning application follows two public consultations in September which were attended by more than 350 people.
The site plans received an overwhelmingly positive response from residents who were delighted that the resort would be open to the public.
They urged Lyme Bay Leisure to press ahead but urged them to make the available leisure facilities bigger so that more people could benefit.
As a result the company has produced a revised scheme to unveil at a public exhibition in Seaton Town Hall today (Tuesday October 29) between 3pm and 8pm.
The new proposals include an up-market leisure resort, a much less dense scheme including a hotel, restaurant, leisure and spa facilities and rental holiday cottages.
It is hoped the application will receive general support and that the planning process can be completed swiftly for a start on building next March. The will mean that phase one, including the Gatehouse, will be completed by December 2014.
Company chairman David Sullivan said: “We are looking forward to welcoming guests from throughout the UK to this beautiful setting and also to helping provide much needed employment to this area.”
James Hetherington, managing director, said: “We wish to encourage maximum occupancy all year round of both the rental properties and the Gatehouse facilities ensuring visitors experience the benefits that the area has to offer and, most of all, contribute to the local economy.”