Setback in new beach hut plan

Artist's impression of what the beach huts may look like on St Annes beach.

Artist's impression of what the beach huts may look like on St Annes beach.

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AMBITIOUS plans to bring dozens of colourful beach huts back to St Annes could be derailed after it was revealed they may only be allowed temporarily.

Stuart and Zoe Robertson want to build 45 “high-end” wooden holiday huts along the town’s promenade and Fylde Council is recommending the plans get the green light tomorrow – but only for three years.

But Mr Robertson, who hopes to sell the huts for between £20,000 and £40,000, claims that is not viable and said the project to transform the seafront can only go ahead if planning permission is permanent.

He said: “We are thinking long term, we’re not thinking flash in the pan. At the end of the day if we can’t sell the huts at a premium price we can’t buy expensive materials and install extensive utilities like electric and running water while some people want heated floors.

“What we don’t want to do is just put up wooden huts, but people are not going to spend a lot of money if they think they will only have them for just three years.”

Mr Robertson already has a 100-strong waiting list of people interested in buying a hut and has written a letter to councillors ahead of tomorrow’s meeting, pleading his case.

If the huts – which will be built as sets of 15 close to the pier, the boating lake and the miniature golf course on the Promenade – get the full planning permission the Robertson’s want, they could be up and running in time for this summer’s Open Golf.

It is not clear exactly how long they will take to build, but Mr Robertson confirmed everything is ready to go when they get the green-light.

He added: “It would be such a coup to get them up for the Open but we want to make sure we build them to the best quality and plan it properly.”

A fourth application to build a further 15 huts close to the Beach Terrace Cafe has been withdrawn after it sparked objections. The plans will be discussed by councillors when they meet at St Annes Town Hall at 10am tomorrow.