'Landmark building' to be constructed on site of former boatyard between Seaton and Axmouth

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:09 23 April 2018

Plans to construct a 'landmark building' on a former boatyard between Seaton and Axmouth have been approved. Image: Google Maps

Plans to construct a 'landmark building' on a former boatyard between Seaton and Axmouth have been approved. Image: Google Maps

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A new 'gateway' to Seaton from Axmouth will be built in the form of a 'landmark building' offering residential and commercial space on the site of a former boatyard.

It comes after planning officers rubber-stamped a scheme which sets out to ‘enhance the environmental, economic and social profile’ of Seaton.

Axe Associates Ltd will undertake the regeneration project, which will see an existing building on the site, termed as the Harbour Boatyard, Seaton, demolished and replaced with a ‘landmark building’, comprising seven apartments and commercial units. The scheme also allows for a bike store for eight cycles.

It has been more than four years since an outline application was submitted to give the boatyard a facelift, at the time proposing 13 residential units with associated garaging.

The latest application, signed off by the district council on Wednesday, April 18, has been fine-tuned, with the new building offering three apartments each on the first and second floor, and a penthouse apartment on the third floor. Commercial spaces will occupy its ground floor.

The document said: “There is a significant gap created by the application site and the relatively weak and bland style of the former boatyard and associated buildings.

“The application site is visually weak and the appearance of this side of the harbour is depressed.

“This gateway to Seaton... needs to have a strong iconic building that fits will with the marine surroundings.”

Axe Associates’ proposals have taken inspiration from the site’s coastal position, with the building’s upper floor and undercroft parking, offering 14 parking bays (two disabled), to be supported by sloping struts, mimicking props used under boat hulls in tidal estuaries.

The developer also said the building’s ‘flowing shapes’ will communicate with the sea and the harbour’s marine heritage.

Its application added: “The fully-glazed commercial areas will provide lightness to the design and create reflected views of the river. This, together with the open undercroft parking, will allow visitors and passers-by to retain a connection to the surroundings.

“The proposed development offers... a landmark gateway to the town, but also a demarcation between the town and the open countryside and a focal point the converging lines of the estuary.”

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