Proposal for 20 new seafront beach huts

Wooden beach huts on Eastbourne beach by the Wish Tower which are showing signs of deterioration. June 12th 2013 E24153P ENGSUS00120131206105825
Wooden beach huts on Eastbourne beach by the Wish Tower which are showing signs of deterioration. June 12th 2013 E24153P ENGSUS00120131206105825

Twenty new seafront beach huts could be built along the seafront after Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet approved the plans last week.

The proposal for the beach huts is part of the next phase of the Housing and Economic Development Partnership (HEDP) Delivery Programme, which aims to provide more future affordable housing.

Currently in Eastbourne, there are 87 huts and 69 brick-built chalets at six different locations but none of these are east of the pier. The Driving Devonshire Forward steering group has considered providing the huts as part of the neighbourhood improvement programme for that area.

Plans have been progressed based on 20 colourful, traditional-shaped huts and could go on to include five bespoke designed huts picked from competition entrants. The huts would be sited on the edge of the beach, abutting the promenade, and would be available to rent annually, seasonally or for shorter periods.

The exact and final locations of the beach huts will be determined by the emerging seafront strategy, planning, environmental agency, consultation and suitability but it is hoped the first huts will be built in time for Easter 2015.

It is hoped the five bespoke designed huts will be placed in key locations along the seafront and become something of a landmark to the town.

At the meeting of the cabinet on Wednesday, October 22, the proposed next phase was agreed unanimously.