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New bid for picnic huts

PUBLISHED: 08:55 12 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:42 05 July 2010

Plans to build a complex of picnic huts by the Southwold boating lake have been scaled down and resubmitted to planning bosses.

An application to build 17 huts was turned down last year amid concerns they would create an eyesore at the lake near the resort's pier.

Plans to build a complex of picnic huts by the Southwold boating lake have been scaled down and resubmitted to planning bosses.

An application to build 17 huts was turned down last year amid concerns they would create an eyesore at the lake near the resort's pier.

Now Paul Jackson, who leases the site, is bidding to build 10 huts to rent out on a daily basis throughout the year.

He said: “We have had people ask for them as there aren't enough beach huts in the summer season and that's where the idea came from. We wanted to brighten the area up and keep a traditional feel which is what we're about.

“If someone's got an objection we don't mind talking to them but we don't want objection for objection's sake. They are for people to enjoy.”

It is proposed that each hut, made from environmentally-friendly materials with a barn style door, will be painted with horizontal stripes in a variety of colours.

Objections to the latest plans have been lodged, including fears the huts will block the views of the boating lake and the impact on wildlife.

The application is due to be discussed at a committee meeting of Southwold Town Council tonight before the final decision is taken by Waveney District Council.

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