New bidder

PUBLISHED: 14:39 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:44 20 April 2010

THE future of Seaton's regeneration site took an unexpected twist last week as supermarket giant Sainsbury's signalled its interest in building a store in the resort. According to East Devon District Council corporate director Karime Hassan, the supermark

THE future of Seaton's regeneration site took an unexpected twist last week as supermarket giant Sainsbury's signalled its interest in building a store in the resort. According to East Devon District Council corporate director Karime Hassan, the supermarket firm with 814 stores nationwide has contacted EDDC requesting it "be given the opportunity to work with the council on the proposed development". The news comes just a month after Tesco stated its interest in building on the site along Harbour Road and councillors have vowed to keep Tesco informed of all developments. At a meeting of the EDDC Executive Board last week, councillors agreed to give Sainsbury's two months to come up with proposals before the board makes a decision on the application at its next meeting on April 30. The nearest Sainsbury's stores to Seaton are currently in Exeter and Taunton, making any future Seaton branch the only one for miles around. Seaton's mayor, Sandra Semple, said: "It is good to see that two large supermarket chains feel that Seaton is a suitable place in which to invest and I hope this will encourage other national and regional businesses to see Seaton's undoubted potential. "My only interest is in what is best for Seaton and not what may be best for supermarket shareholders or EDDC. "Neither supermarket has yet put in any plans so no-one can speculate about which one might best and most sensitively serve the needs of the town now and in the future - bearing in mind our position on the wider World Heritage Jurassic coastline and the strong commitment in the town to sustainability. "No doubt, both supermarkets will engage in extensive consultation in the town before they put their plans in." A spokesperson for Sainsbury's told the Herald: "Sainsbury's would like to come to Seaton if a suitable site becomes available.

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