Lift-off for Seaton seafront regeneration plans
PUBLISHED: 09:59 28 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:59 28 October 2014
Council gives the go ahead for multi million pound Fosseway Court scheme
A multi-million pound housing development designed to kick-start Seaton’s seafront regeneration has been given the go ahead.
District councillors last week unanimously backed property developer Paul Mooney’s scheme to rebuild the “eyesore” Fosseway Court apartment blocks – home to 31 residents - and create a landmark linked building on the Esplanade.
The plan involves the refurbishment and extension of the two existing apartment blocks, including additional levels, and construction of new link apartment block to provide an additional 30 homes – along with additional parking provision.
Mr Mooney, who lives in one of the top floor apartments, says the “eyesore” towers, which he bought in 2012, had suffered years of neglect and were a blight on Seaton’s seafront landscape.
He said he was delighted to have received so much support for the scheme including the backing of the town council.
“The path through planning has not been easy, and we have been in the planning system for 10 months, but we got there in the end,” he told The Herald.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Seaton and would hopefully trigger the major regeneration of the whole of the seafront.”
He said it was hoped to start work on the scheme in 2015.
In her submission to the planning committee Seaton Champion Cllr Steph Jones said: “Currently the town council are working on a seafront enhancement programme of which Fosseway Court forms a major part. This, in turn, forms part of the programme for the regeneration of Seaton. It is vital that this application is approved so that the necessary refurbishments can be made which will contribute in a positive way to the seafront enhancements
Seaton Town councillor Sharon Bruce said: “Another exciting development has been agreed for Seaton by the town council and now EDDC.
“I am delighted that this application has been agreed, following positive presentations by the hard-working applicant Paul Mooney, John Meakin - chairman of the Seaton Town Council planning committee and several residents.
“The residents spoke passionately for the attractive plans to renovate the seafront blocks of flats, which are available to all to buy or rent. They are not age-restricted. Paul Mooney, the applicant has invested great amounts of time and energy and investment and worked with the residents, the town’s people, local and district councils. It was one of the best days for me as a Seaton town councillor reflecting on the good we can do at both local and district levels. Thank you to everyone for their support and care.”