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Beach hut plans passed

New beach huts on St Annes beach.  Pictured is Stuart Robertson.

New beach huts on St Annes beach. Pictured is Stuart Robertson.

Plans for 30 beach huts, which could bring up to 25,000 visitors a year to St Annes, have been approved.

The scheme, by businessman Stuart Robertson, was agreed to by Fylde Council’s development management committee yesterday (Wednesday).

The huts, which will be sited next to the miniature golf course, will join the 10 which already exist in the resort and a further five which already have planning permission.

Stuart Robertson, from 
applicants St Annes Beach Huts, said: “It’s not been an easy journey for me to try and get the beach huts established but I believe there is something magical about them.

“This will bring in up to 25,000 visitors per annum based on existing trading 
levels.”

Two speakers raised concerns about the lack of toilet facilities and smells emanating from barbecues used by hut users, but the committee unanimously approved the 
application.

Mr Robertson revealed plans for the extra huts in May.

The decision triples the number of the current huts, and Mr Robertson, speaking earlier this year, said the plan to expand the venture is in 
response to the growing popularity of the facilities.

Mr Robertson said: “When we first applied to build the beach huts, we wanted 45 in three separate locations around the seafront.

“This plan brings them all together. They’ve been really popular – we have built on the success of the day visitors.

“If you look online, we are now the number one 
attraction in this area. I’m now looking forward to a busy 
summer.”

Mr Robertson, who owns the business with wife Zoe, 
ensured the return of the wooden structures to the 
resort for the first time in three decades in 2012.

Visit www.stannesbeachhuts.co.uk for more details.

 

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