Published on Monday, 20th October 2014

 

With a 400 names on the waiting list, there is unmet demand for beach huts in Southsea, so the council is looking to create more. In the spirit of openness, I have had published a paper outlining where new huts may be built over the next couple of years. A consultation document will appear on the council's website next week, just search for 'beach huts' on www.portsmouth.gov.uk. The paper is available here (item 6). If you want to comment, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

 

In summary the report suggests a possible 75 extra huts: 25 each as an extension to the existing Eastney line; a new line by the eastern end of the seawall and a third line by the Southsea Beach Café. However I have now received advice from the council’s flooding expert that the last of these proposals is probably too problematic and I will have to consider alternatives. The council will also consider creating some short let holiday home on a car park towards the Hayling Ferry.

 

Well designed huts can enhance the seaside experience and I hope that is what we will get. Previous proposals were withdrawn for being excessively tall and excessively concentrated and this plan reflects those lessons. The height of any huts would be dealt with at the time of a planning application. Detailed proposals have not been drawn up at this point, but my expectation is that the beach level would be reduced to reduce the perceived height.

 

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