We are committed to supporting regeneration in the town to create more jobs through the growth of tourism, especially green tourism, along with improving social and community facilities. The Axe Wetlands, Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site (Jurassic Coast) and the surrounding exceptional coastline are key environmental assets that support the town.
The Seaton regeneration area lies between Seaton town centre, the seafront, Axmouth Harbour, the Axe riverside and Seaton Marshes. The public and private sector are working together with community organisations on several schemes designed to give this historic East Devon town a world-class visitor offering and a vibrant retail centre. The Seaton Regeneration Programme Board oversees this work and aims to bring forward significant improvements to the town.
In August 2009, planning permission was granted for a Tesco supermarket to be built off Harbour Road, close to The Underfleet. This opened in November 2011 creating 190 jobs. The adjacent site has planning consent for a hotel and housing. Tesco has also contributed to Seaton Jurassic, a new visitor centre opening in 2015.
Regeneration of Seaton will encourage the retail, commercial and residential development of the town, integrating key attractions such as the Seaton Tramway, Seaton Marshes and the Axe Estuary and providing further visitor facilities.
We are working with other partners to enlarge and enhance the Axe Estuary Wetlands nature reserves, which is already a major attraction for visitors who enjoy the scenery and wildlife on foot, by bike or from the unique Seaton Tramway. Improvements are taking place on the Stop Line Way cycle path that will eventually link Seaton to Axminster and onward to the Bristol Channel.