Beach huts amendment expected

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 October 2015

Beach huts on Weston sea front.

Beach huts on Weston sea front.

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NORTH Somerset Council has said it will amend planning permission for beach huts on Weston-super-Mare seafront after ‘discrepancies’ between the approved and actual size of the huts were revealed.

The council hopes that by submitting an amendment, it will resolve differences between the approved detail of the huts and their actual size, which were identified last month by campaigner Toby Blackburn.

Mr Blackburn lodged a complaint to the council about the huts after measuring their size himself and launched a petition calling for their removal or relocation.

He said the huts are more than 20 per cent larger than the figures approved by the authority, while the distance between the back of the huts and the kerb is said to be almost one metre shorter than the minimum seven metres of clearance the council stated the huts must have when planning permission for them was approved last year.

A council email seen by the Mercury said: “From our enquiries it appears there has been some confusion over the measurements of the huts during the application process, with the internal and external dimensions becoming confused somewhere along the line.

“This has resulted in the discrepancy in size between the beach huts as built and the details on the planning application, along with the consequent effects on the spacing around the huts.”

“Our seafront and events team, (which is) responsible for managing the beach huts... has indicated its current intention is to submit an amendment to the original planning permission to try to resolve the discrepancies between the approved details and the huts as built.

“Such an application would be subject to public consultation.”

When asked for an estimate of when any amendment might be submitted, a council spokesman said: “The authority is not pre-empting this planning issue.”

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