East Suffolk - Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council

09/20/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/20/2018 06:21

New Beach Huts for Felixstowe – Plans Resubmitted

Posted by on 20 September 2018 | Comments

Plans to give more people the unique 'beach hut experience' in Felixstowe have been resubmitted - with the potential sites for 17 new beach huts being identified.

In the long term, Suffolk Coastal District Council, which is the landowner and runs the beach hut and chalet service, hopes to create more beach hut site across the District.

An application to provide sites for 17 new huts in The Dip, Cliff Road, Felixstowe, was originally submitted in January 2018 - however, this was withdrawn to allow further work to be done on the proposal.

Now a revised planning application has been submitted covering the area of The Dip Boatyard and adjacent land. This would create 17 new beach hut sites in the boatyard area and a car parking area adjacent to the boatyard. One of the new beach huts would be for the exclusive use of the windsurfing club.

'Suffolk Coastal is committed to making beach huts more accessible to a wider range of people,' explained Suffolk Coastal's Cabinet member with responsibility for Customers, Communities and Leisure, Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf.

'These will then be leased or rented out, so many more people will be able to enjoy the beach hut experience, even if it is just for a day, week or a year!'

'The two main drivers of the beach hut review were to improve equality by increasing the opportunities for residents to have access to a beach hut, while also maximising the income generated from this resource to invest in core services.'

'The creation of new sites will provide additional funds to the council, thus reducing the burden on the Suffolk Coastal tax payer.'

'The planning application for the 17 sites at The Dip has been reviewed and developed further in consultation with local people, particularly the windsurfing community. This new application will be provide extra new beach huts, as well as improving the access and facilities for the windsurfers.'

Suffolk Coastal owns 918 beach hut sites in Felixstowe and Sizewell, with the vast majority (906) being in Felixstowe and 12 at Sizewell Beach.

During 2016 and 2017, a review was carried out of the service in support of the East Suffolk Business Plan aim to 'Increase the number of beach huts provided in the District'.

The beach hut programme aims to deliver new huts in a number of locations in Suffolk Coastal. Phase 1 of this programme is the identification of the 17 new hut sites in Felixstowe which is subject to the current planning application.

The Dip, Cliff Road, Felixstowe: The application is for permission to site 17 new huts on the concrete platform, historically known as the Brackenbury Dip or the DIP Boatyard.

This is area was previously given planning permission for new beach huts in 2005 but the work was never carried out (so the planning permission has lapsed).

There is a good access to this area from the public highway and the huts will be sited close to the sea front promenade. The huts would be of the same standard size, design and construction as existing huts in the area.

The application is also to build a new car parking area on the land adjacent to the boatyard, which would have space for about half a dozen vehicles, to allow water sport enthusiasts to unload their equipm,ent and provide easy access to the beach.

Full details of the application is on the Public Access planning portal on Suffolk Coastal's website - reference DC/18/3717/FUL - and is open for consultation, ahead of being considered by the Planning Committee.