Breaking news: Seaton regeneration

PUBLISHED: 15:37 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 15 June 2010

A CLEAR picture has emerged of the facilities that Seaton's councillors want to see delivered by Tesco on land within its ownership and as part of the town's preferred regeneration programme, says East Devon District Council.

A CLEAR picture has emerged of the facilities that Seaton's elected Members want to see delivered by Tesco on land within its ownership and as part of the town's preferred regeneration programme. On Seaton's "shopping list", as agreed by elected Members this week are:* A medium-sized supermarket* A visitor centre to include a cycleway hub* Contributions to improved school and health facilities* A seamless move of Seaton's nursery provision* Funding for a Town Centre Manager to assist the town in managing the change process* A financial contribution to EDDC's wetlands nature reserve tourist attraction* Provision within the application site for a hotel or other overnight accommodationMembers supported the active involvement of Tesco on the new Seaton Regeneration Programme Board in its capacity as a key land-owner and prospective developer.In addition, Members identified as a priority from any capital receipt from Tesco, the provision of youth facilities and refurbishment of the Town Hall to provide first class community facilities in the town centre.Members acknowledged that provision of employment land and sports / recreational facilities was a key element of the wider regeneration programme that must be driven forward.EDDC wants to see employment and sports provision off Harepath Road as a product of the overall regeneration programme.Seaton's councillors still have concerns about the design of the buildings and the issue of infill to raise ground levels to an acceptable height for a coastal town. These are issues that will have to be robustly tested during the planning application process, as and when it arises.In its role as a land-owner and community leader, East Devon District Council yesterday (Thursday) brokered a meeting Seaton's district and town councillors and representatives of Tesco, which owns a large proportion of the land within the regeneration area off Harbour Road.The aim of the meeting was to compare the ideas of the supermarket developer and the aspirations of the town and to see how much common ground exists.If a consensus could be reached, this would enable Tesco to go away and work up an outline planning application, in the knowledge that the shape of their proposals had general approval.

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