Beach hut bid cut by quarter

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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A QUARTER of the beach huts planned for St Annes won’t be going ahead.

Stuart and Zoe Robertson, the couple behind the proposals for a total of 60 huts at four sites along the seafront, have withdrawn their application for 15 close to the Beach Terrace Cafe.

The decision comes after a long-awaited report on the ecology of the sites showed that that particular site is a salt marsh area.

But Mr Robertson said the decision to cut the projected number of hits by 25 per cent was the result of a number of factors.

“The area close to the Beach Terrace Cafe is the one that we were least happy with, as it prompted some adverse reaction from residents, including a petition,” he said.

“When the ecology report showed that site was less favourable than the other three sites we have in mind, we decided to drop the 15 huts planned for there and concentrate on the others.

“We thought that withdrawing this application at this stage would add weight to the other three.”

The other sites are close to St Annes Pier, adjacent to the boating lake and on the sea side of the mini-links course, close to the miniature railway tunnel.

Following the arrival of the ecology report from Lancashire Council, it is expected that the three remaining applications will go before members of Fylde Council’s Development Management Committee on March 14.