Fresh bid to develop Seaton riverside land

PUBLISHED: 08:14 13 March 2013

An impression of what the Seaton Quay flats could look like

An impression of what the Seaton Quay flats could look like

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£19miilion scheme for 90 flats at Seaton Quay would give the town a major financial boost, say planners

Residents in Seaton are being urged to back plans for a £19million housing scheme to revitalise a derelict riverside area.

A fresh bid is being made to build 90 two-bedroom apartments on the former Racal factory site, on the town’s eastern flank.

A previous application to develop the land at Seaton Quay failed when it was rejected by East Devon District Council planners last year.

Members of the development management committee refused to remove a condition that the project had to include 36 affordable homes, despite being told it made the scheme unviable in today’s economic climate. Their rejection also went against their own planning officers’ advice.

But now the owners, the Axe Riverside Company, have taken advantage of new planning laws – which tip the balance in favour of encouraging development – to resubmit their application.

And the town council which condemned the previous refusal as a major blow for the resort – is keen to encourage residents to show their support and help push it through this time.

In a statement following the scheme’s earlier rejection they said: “The site, which is seen as vital for the economic input into the town, is a brownfield site that will bring in much needed public facilities for the town as well as providing homes for 90 families who will spend money with businesses.

“The developer was also due to provide a crucial flood defense scheme, without which no other development on the site can take place.

“The Town Council was very disappointed to learn that development management members had put their desire for affordable homes for the district ahead of the specific needs of Seaton as well as ahead of EDDC’s own stated policies to regenerate the town.”

Planning consultant Joseph Marchant, of Context Logistic Ltd, said he hoped the town would get behind his client’s latest application which was supported by the MP Neil Parish. He said it could take some time to determine and a developer would have to be found once it was approved but it was an important scheme for the resort – creating new homes, new public spaces, employment capital, wealth and spending power, and a reason to come to Seaton.

Seaton Town Council’s planning committee has already voted unanimously in favour of the development and is urging its representatives on the distinct council to give it their support.

To comment on the plan visit the district council website at http://planning.eastdevon.gov.uk/online-applications

and quote reference 13/0304/MOUT


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