A multi-million-pound bid to regenerate Seaton seafront faces being sent back to the drawing board after its planning permission expired.
The town council scheme would see the Fisherman’s Gap and Esplanade areas redeveloped and was granted permission by East Devon authority chiefs in August 2017.
It had gone out to public consultation three times and had won support, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark.
Key elements included:
- The enhancement of the seafront and creation of a new, fully accessible public realm to the beach;
- Pedestrianisation of the existing Esplanade from Fisherman’s Gap to the junction with Beach Road;
- Alterations to the highway layout;
- Demolition and replacement of the existing, dilapidated Moridunum building;
- A new public square for events;
- New public toilets;
- New seaside village seasonal beach huts;
- A raised walkway behind the sea wall;
- New planting, street furniture, resurfacing and improved lighting.
It was announced in December that Seaton Town Council had voted that the project could not be taken forward and should not be implemented in its current form.
A number of procedural and financial concerns were raised.
This comes as it has also been confirmed that planning consent for the scheme has lapsed.
The Government has announced an extension to permissions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
But this only applies to schemes whose permission ran after August 19, 2020.
The Seaton seafront project’s go-ahead expired on August 8 last year.
Seaton Town Council is now set to review the project, take time to understand and learn from mistakes, and to consider all options to keep it alive.