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. An area near the Spray Water Sports Centre has been highlighted as a potential suitable location.
The plan proposes a two-phase approach, with the 20 traditional huts expected to be built in time for Easter 2015 and the five bespoke designs coming at a later date.
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 October 22, the proposed next phase was agreed unanimously on the conditions the huts were durable and didn’t block the view of the beach.
Consultation with residents, business and interested groups will take place.