New Heights

PUBLISHED: 14:16 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:26 11 June 2010

PLANS to convert the derelict Seaton Heights Hotel into 75 apartments, a restaurant and a spa facility have been recommended for approval by Seaton Town Council's planning committee. Councillors approved the proposals put forward, on condition that the de

PLANS to convert the derelict Seaton Heights Hotel into 75 apartments, a restaurant and a spa facility have been recommended for approval by Seaton Town Council's planning committee.Councillors approved the proposals put forward, on condition that the developers, M2 Services, make amendments including a regular return bus service from the site into Seaton, screening to avoid light pollution, guaranteed use of local building materials and a contribution from the development company towards leisure facilities in the town.M2 Services say the new development will create 35 full-time jobs and provide a much needed boost to the seaside resort's economy, but some councillors expressed concern over the plans.Councillor Peter Burrows said: "I'm not sure about this development."I've been on planning committees for 20 years and there is something about this one that does not sit well."Who's to say that in 10 years' time we won't be sat here discussing a change of use for the apartments to become private residences and be put up for sale?"Councillor Gra-ham Jones said: "Its position gives it good access to Sidmouth and Lyme Regis, but what will this development actually do to benefit Seaton?"The developers claim it will provide 35 full-time jobs but they will only be low paid."It may put us on the map but people won't go from the development into Seaton and people from Seaton won't use the development."Councillor Jim Knight said: "What you need to be looking at is the leisure facilities."How about a section 106 agreement to bring more leisure facilities into the town?"We desperately need a football pitch in Harepath Road."Planning permission ultimately lies with East Devon District Council Development Control Committee, who will discuss the application at a forthcoming meeting.A spokesperson for M2 Services described the meeting as "very positive".

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