The transformation of a dock into a marina attraction has been hailed for the part it has played in the regeneration of a town.

The redevelopment of Seaham Harbour is now home to a sports centre, home to a series of businesses and a heritage centre, with space for up to 96 boats to be berthed at its pontoons.

The project, which has been described as putting the “Sea” back into Seaham, has now won in the Excellence in Planning for Health and Wellbeing category at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018 held in London.

The Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry.

The redevelopment – delivered as a part of a 20-year regeneration plan for the area – has ensured the local community have access to high quality sports and recreation facilities.

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