The public and private sector have worked together with community organisations on several schemes designed to give this historic East Devon town a diverse and unique visitor and resident offering. Much has been achieved in the town since 2011:
• A new Tesco store opened in 2011 creating 190 jobs
• 220 new Bovis Homes have been built
• The new £4m Seaton Jurassic Visor Centre opened in 2016
• A new gym, retail and housing development opened in the town centre in 2017
• A new 75 bed Premier Inn Hotel opened in March 2018
• Seaton Tramway have opened a new terminus
• Improvements and new resources are in place at Seaton Wetlands
• Improvements on the Stop Line Way cycle path that will eventually link Seaton to Axminster and onward to the Bristol Channel.
• Planning permission for Seaton esplanade improvements
The Council no longer has a formal role in facilitating the delivery of regeneration in Seaton but a Seaton Regeneration Forum meets on a quarterly basis, currently chaired by Cllr Marcus Hartnell.
Since 2001, the community of Seaton, through the Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, has been working with the local authorities (East Devon District, Devon County and Seaton Town Councils) and the Jurassic Coast Trust to develop the visitor centre for Seaton.
Opened in April 2016, Seaton Jurassic tells the story of the Jurassic Coast, and the landscape, geology and geomorphology around Seaton. It's highly engaging and interactive, immersing the visitor with its interpretation of the area's natural and marine heritage.
Seaton Jurassic has won numerous awards, including the Michelmores Property Award for the best leisure and hospitality project of the year, a silver award for ‘Sustainable Tourism’ in the prestigious Visit Devon Tourism Awards and second place in the ‘Best UK Day-out for Families’ category at the annual Family Traveller Awards. It also appears in the National Geographic Traveller Magazine as one of the top 4 places in the UK to learn about natural history.
Devon Wildlife Trust is managing the centre. The centre is located on The Underfleet in the middle of Seaton, a two minute walk from the seafront, adjacent to the Tesco store and the Seaton Tramway terminus.