Plans for new tramway halt connecting Seaton Tramway to the town’s wetlands approved

The Seaton Tramway. Picture: Seaton Tramway

The Seaton Tramway. Picture: Seaton Tramway - Credit: Archant

The new halt will link two of Seaton’s major tourist attractions.

Plans for a new tramway halt which will link up two of Seaton’s best tourist attractions have been given the go-ahead.

East Devon District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday unanimously approved the scheme that will see a fourth stop added to the Seaton Tramway at Seaton Wetlands.

Currently the Tramway, which runs between Seaton and Colyton, only stops off at Colyford, but soon, a new stop at the Seaton Wetlands will be created at the existing Swan’s Nest ‘passing loop’.

A similar scheme had previously been given permission, but a new application had come forward as an alternative walkway through the Wetlands that would reduce the visual impact and provide a more sheltered route that would mean the disturbance to the wildlife is reduced.

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Putting forward the application, Sebastien Cope, speaking on behalf of Seaton Tramway, said it had been a long-held ambition for them to deliver the new halt that provides access to Seaton Wetlands, adding: “The dream could soon become a reality. It will bring positive benefits to the area and local businesses alike.”

Backing the plans, councillor Bruce de Saram said: “It is wonderful what has been put forward and there are so many things to like. The proposal ticks all the policy boxes, health boxes, and I don’t think there’s anything you could throw at it that it didn’t meet.”

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Cllr Philip Skinner added that anything to encourage the regeneration of the town should be supported, while Cllr Geoff Pratt added: “This is a good proposal and the work will be of benefit to those interested in the Wetlands and for tourism.”

Recommending approval, development manager Chris Rose said: “It is recognised that the proposal has the potential to provide significant benefits to the tourism economy by providing a direct link between two major attractions in the Tramway and Wetlands improving the offer and visitor experience for both.

“The walkways are away from the estuaries itself; the site is well managed to protect the Wetlands, and there are significant benefits to tourism and linking up two of the main attractions of the Tramway and the Wetlands.”

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