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Decision on Gorleston beach huts plans due next week

PUBLISHED: 13:17 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:17 27 July 2018

Beach hut owners will enjoy views of Gorleston seafront Picture: Denise Bradley

Beach hut owners will enjoy views of Gorleston seafront Picture: Denise Bradley

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A decision on whether to build 70 new beach huts in Gorleston will be made next week.

Colourful beach huts at Southwold, similar to those planned for GorlestonColourful beach huts at Southwold, similar to those planned for Gorleston

Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s policy and resources committee could approve the first phase of building for the huts, which will be on Gorleston’s Lower Esplanade, at a meeting on Tuesday.

Some 70 timber huts are planned for the lower prom, each likely to have a price tag of around £7,000 plus up to £800 in ground rents.

The project to re-introduce the humble havens has come from Great Yarmouth Borough Council as the vibe for seaside vintage triggers an “overwhelming” spike in demand.

The huts, measuring three metres by three metres, will be available for people to buy, with a 25-year ground rent lease.

The colourful huts will include a veranda at the front, and would be built of wood with a pitched roof. Planning permission for the huts is already in place.

There will also be a dedicated amenity block, with wash basins and toilets, available to hut owners.

Cllr Carl Smith, deputy council leader, said: “The popularity of beach huts at UK coastal resorts has seen a revival in recent years. Indeed, there has already been major interest expressed from potential purchasers for beach huts at Gorleston.

“While the final decision is for the committee, the report highlights that this project has the potential to further boost Gorleston as a popular destination, and provide a great new facility for residents and visitors alike, who will both have the opportunity to buy the huts through a fair and transparent process.

“The beach huts would also complement the other significant investment we’ve undertaken recently at Gorleston seafront, including the complete refurbishment of the Pier Head toilets to include a Changing Places facility, and the new splashpad which is nearing completion.”

According to the council, once the estate agent is appointed in early August, the availability of the beach huts will be formally advertised in the press, to include the cost, method of purchase and terms and conditions, in order to ensure a fair and transparent process.

Anyone who has already expressed an interest would be notified of the advert and process.

• What do you think of the plans? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

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