Plans for seafront leisure park, beach huts and events space at Seaton Carew

Longscar Centre, Seaton Carew. Picture by FRANK REID
Longscar Centre, Seaton Carew. Picture by FRANK REID

Proposals for the regeneration of the seafront at Seaton Carew have been lodged including plans for a new leisure park, beach huts and events space.

Esh Developments, the councils preferred developer for its Seaton regeneration plans, are seeking planning permission.

The proposals will result in a number of material benefits

Planning statement

The planned development includes the demolition of the derelict Longscar Centre, which the council has decided to try to compulsory purchase.

It also features a new leisure park incorporating children’s play facilities including a water play area and natural play space and double-sided beach huts and picnic tables adjacent to the promenade.

The area around the Art Deco bus station is proposed to be upgraded and remain open to allow for flexible use for potential events including outdoor concerts, funfairs and markets.

A supporting planning statement by Hedley Planning Services states: “The proposals will result in a number of material benefits, including a regeneration of the seafront to form the focal point for the town’s leisure and tourism office to create areas of exceptional quality public realm and play provision to broaden the visitor appeal Seaton Carew is in it above other competitor locations.”

The proposals also include regeneration of the Rocket House car park site and paddling pool.

The applicants say the proposals are the outcome of detailed discussions with the community, key stakeholders, councillors and neighbouring businesses.

A meeting of the council’s Finance and Policy Committee on September 21 heard that architects acting on behalf of the Longscar Centre’s owners have contacted the council with proposals for the buildings refurbishment and reuse.

The plans are said to include the creation of five small retail units, trampolining and soft play area and 14 one bed flats for rent.

But the council said details of revisions to the plans requested had not been provided and approved the seeking of a Compulsory Purchase Order.