Southwold beach hut plans discussed

PUBLISHED: 10:08 02 April 2012 | UPDATED: 10:18 02 April 2012

Beach huts in Southwold

Beach huts in Southwold

PLANS for seven new beach huts on Southwold seafront have won support.

Members of Southwold Town Council agreed to back proposals by Waveney District Council to install seven huts on North Parade.

But applications to build five beach huts on Ferry Road and five beach huts on the Promenade were opposed.

Simon Tobin said the application to put seven new huts on North Parade would improve the area because they would hide a block of public toilets but could still be accessed by emergency vehicles.

He said: “We think we should pass this application because there are no problems at all with movements and it enhances the area because it hides the toilets.”

However, Mr Tobin said that, having studied the application for five new huts on Ferry Road in great detail, he and fellow planning committee members were unable to support it.

He said: “The planning committee have looked at this at great length which has been very emotive.

“We feel that we should refer this on the business of protecting impact on the environment and we feel very strongly.”

Once built, the new beach huts could generate thousands of pounds of income for Waveney District Council, which will make the final decision whether to give them the go-ahead.

In the current financial year, the district council made £95,744 by renting out the land for more than 250 huts in the town.

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