Government approves departure from Local Plan

PUBLISHED: 13:57 22 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 15 June 2010

A TOP Government officer has given the go-ahead for the multi-million pound redevelopment of Seaton Heights Hotel.

A TOP Government officer has given the go-ahead for the multi-million pound redevelopment of Seaton Heights Hotel.Michael Walton, the Government's planning manager for the South West, says the Secretary of State had studied the proposal for a spa and was happy with East Devon District Council's decision to approve it. He said: "Having considered carefully these and other relevant planning issues raised by the proposal for a leisure resort of 75 units, restaurant and spa, the Secretary of State is satisfied the application should be decided by EDDC."The spa, which is surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, will create nearly 40 full-time, year-round jobs for hospitality professionals. M2 Services is the company behind the ambitious plan. Chairman Nick Spyszynk welcomed the move and said: "We now hope to begin building this summer and lead the way with the long-overdue regeneration of Seaton."Mr Walton said the key considerations the Secretary of State had taken into account included the likelihood of the scheme to: support strong, diverse economic activity; protect and enhance the countryside; promote sustainable development; and result in a good quality and sensitive design.n Visit our website to comment.

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