PLANS for a 12-bed hotel with 38 units of self-catering holiday accommodation at Seaton Heights were this week given the go-ahead by EDDC.

The proposal was initially refused because of objections from Natural England who were concerned about potential interference with bat movements in the area.


A revised plan was submitted, showing a two-metre wide ‘bat corridor’ on the site, which satisfied the requirements of Natural England.

The two-storey hotel building and holiday units, with a central amenities building housing a restaurant and leisure club, plus car parking, may now be built once a Section 106 agreement has been signed.

Commenting on the news, Councillor Mrs Helen Parr, Chairman of EDDC’s Development Management Committee, said: “We are keen to see new holiday accommodation provided in East Devon and in particular in the Seaton area, but we must always be mindful of the environmental impact. Now that a proposal has been drawn up that will satisfy Natural England, we are only too pleased to give the development our blessing”.