Homes and jobs - vision for Axe Valley’s future

HUNDREDS of homes and scores of jobs are at the heart of a vision for the Axe Valley’s future.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has given its vision of growth in Seaton and Axminster over the next 15 years.

Axminster could see the development of 550 homes, regeneration of the Webster’s Garage site and further protection of wildlife and habitats in the area.

Seaton could have an extra 250 homes, allocated employment sites, improvements of waterfront areas and great community and recreational facilities.

This is part of EDDC’s strategy for the region from 2011 to 2026 and planning chiefs have given the go-ahead for public consultation. The move hopes to enhance the area’s role as an attractive place to live, work and visit.

The draft says: “Seaton’s two main functions are, therefore, as a residential base, popular with retired people and commuters, and as a traditional seaside resort. In the last 10 years, Seaton has been affected heavily by the closure of the Lyme Bay Holiday Park. Many jobs within the town are relatively low paid and/or seasonal – notably in the tourist and care industries.”

The draft says Axminster may be the best place in the east of the district for larger scale housing growth.