'Positive' beach huts here to stay after mistakes

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 August 2016 | UPDATED: 08:37 22 August 2016

One of the beach huts on Weston seafront.

One of the beach huts on Weston seafront.


A blunder over the installation of Weston's seafront beach huts has been put right by North Somerset Council's planning committee.

The council was granted planning permission for 97 huts and installed 24 last summer at a cost of £60,000.

However, it was revealed earlier this year that the authority had breached its own planning consent by installing huts which were 20 per cent larger than they should have been. The huts measured 2.1m by 2.6m, rather than the 1.8m by 2.2m agreed by council planners.

The council tried to enter an amendment to the planning permission to change the size of the huts – but the amendment was also wrong and did not refer to the right conditions which needed altering. It put this mistake down to a typing error.

Councillors have now approved the third application for the beach huts at the planning committee’s most recent meeting on August 10.

The council’s executive member for tourism, Felicity Baker, told the committee: “As far as we are concerned, the arrival of the beach huts is another positive addition to the seafront promenade.

“Everyone seems to enjoy them.”

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