Backing for Heights plan

PUBLISHED: 14:29 03 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 15 June 2010

PLANS to develop the Seaton Heights Hotel site have been recommended for approval by planning officers.

PLANS to develop the Seaton Heights Hotel site have been recommended for approval by planning officers.If the recommendation were approved, it would include conditions to give £400,000 to benefit Seaton.£50,000 would be for recreation space, £75,000 for the refurbishment of Seaton Town Hall, £100,000 for the proposed Seaton Interpretation Centre, £125,000 for the employment of a town centre manager and £50,000 for the Axe Estuary Wetlands Project.The application is the latest submitted for the site in Harepath Hill, with four previous proposals being refused and one being withdrawn. The development would see 75 units of accommodation, and a restaurant and spa facility to replace the existing hotel complex.The plans, submitted by Mick Gripton, who ran the former hotel, have already received the backing of Seaton Town Council, following a close vote.Councillor Margaret Rogers opposed the plans, and is quoted in a report that went before East Devon District Council's development control committee on Tuesday, as saying: "The proposed development is too dense and would spoil the unique location overlooking the World Heritage Coast." She also said any leisure facilities should be built first.The plans have also received a number of letters of objection including one from the East Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.These objections included that it would be contrary to planning policy and would be clearly visible across the Axe valley.Letters of support said it was an improvement on previous applications and would benefit the Seaton economy.In concluding the report, planning officers recognised that approval would represent a departure from some "mainstay policies" in the Structure and Local Plans.

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