Seaton is a small town located at the mouth of the river Axe, at the end of the Axe Valley in East Devon. The seafront is set within a Conservation Area and is bordered on both sides by the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Coastline. Although flanked by a beautiful mile-long beach, the amenity value of the seafront area is significantly impaired by decades of ad-hoc signage, expansive highways and depilated surfacing.
To support a key aspect of the town’s regeneration, Thread were appointed by Seaton Town Council in 2013 to provide the first stages of a master-plan for comprehensive improvements to the Esplanade and Fisherman’s Gap roundabout.
Masterplan works are now well advanced and significant time is being invested in both community and statutory consultation including local businesses, the Environment Agency, Planning, Heritage and Highways Authorities. It is critical to the success of the project that all of these consultees feel able to support the proposals and, to achieve this, the scheme seeks to respond to the needs of the community, the unique physicality of the area and the specific character of the place.
We are also now working with the Environment Agency and Civil Engineers to progress the scheme as a costed and viable project. Once realised this work will contribute to revitalising the area, improve footfall to local businesses, and have a positive impact on the community and local economy.
We are really excited by the potential for this project to make a significant difference to the community.