Go-ahead given for £250,000 car park

PUBLISHED: 11:30 13 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:36 15 July 2015

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East Devon District Council's (EDDC) development management committee said it is looking to reverse some of the losses caused by the creation of the Seaton Jurassic Centre.

A £250,000 project to add an overflow car park with 69 parking spaces has been approved despite opposition from some residents.

East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) development management committee said it is looking to reverse some of the losses caused by the creation of the Seaton Jurassic Centre.

The £4million visitor centre is set to open in early spring 2016 and is expected to bring 60,000 people to the town.

In anticipation of the increase, EDDC’S officers suggested creating an overflow car park west of The Underfleet to cope with the demand before it materialises.

The application generated a ‘significant number of objections’ and some residents spoke at the meeting.

Nearby resident Tina Trapani said: “The planning application should never have reached this stage – it is both ridiculous and dangerous.

“A done deal? I hope not – but that’s what these proposals have been described as.”

Eric Bowman, another resident, said the cash would be better spent on improving cycle links or a pontoon to develop a marine transport link along the coast.

The application has divided opinion, with business groups saying the car park would aid the regeneration of Seaton.

Speaking on behalf of the Seaton Jurassic steering group, Alison Hayward said: “It’s vitally important that people can access Seaton

Jurassic and other attractions, and for the creation of a vibrant seafront and the regeneration of Seaton.”

She added that the new spaces would encourage visitors to stay longer than the three hours on offer at Tesco’s short-stay car park.

Seaton Tramway’s Lee Taylor said: “Seaton is starting to fulfil its long-term potential.

“The proposed application is part of the solution.”

Seaton Town Council’s Jim Knight voiced his concerns in the planning officer’s report, calling the decision ‘unwanted and a cash cow for EDDC’.

He said: “There will be more congestion from all the new entrances being allowed on The Underfleet road with severe speeding problems and the loss of a very valued amenity and no proof that it is needed.”

Cllr Knight added that there would be a

decrease in the quality of life in the area with the possible increase of noise and light pollution.

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