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SEATON: Seaton Heights holiday complex to be delayed
Thursday, 04 September 2014
The construction of a hotel and holiday complex at Seaton Heights has suffered a delay. Lyme Bay Leisure says its Seaton Heights hotel plan is progressing, albeit at a “snail's pace”. A revised planning application for a 12-bedroom hotel, 38 units of holiday accommodation, a restaurant, a leisure club and other amenities was approved this spring after a long battle with several stumbling blocks. Lyme Bay Leisure bosses were delighted at the time and hoped to start on-site work this summer and welcome guests by next next spring. But on August 27th Lyme Bay Leisure chairman David Sullivan told Pulman’s View: “I’d say spring is pretty unlikely now given all the delays on bats.” During the planning application process, the scheme experienced a hiccup because of its proximity to the Beer Quarry and Caves, a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a feared impact on bat movments across the site. But the revised planning application addressed the issues and was approved. However, things haven’t been straightforward. Mr Sullivan explained: “We are progressing still albeit at snail pace. The delay is a continuation of the bat disturbance mitigation and delivery of the Section 106 agreement. “This has been complicated and very challenging and therefore we have been unable to get our planning consent signed off by EDDC. “Without this we are unable to start demolition and construction. “However, we are optimistic that we have overcome the obstacles and have resubmitted to EDDC and are hopeful we will have all the consents and agreements signed off in a couple of weeks. “We are still planning to go to site before the end of the year. So fingers crossed.” The complex will comprise of a 12-bedroom hotel, 38 units of holiday accommodation, a restaurant, a leisure club and other amenities. It is expected to create about 60 jobs.
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