Race on for hut plans

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.

THE couple hoping to bring back beach huts to St Annes face a race against time if they are to be ready for use by summer.

Stuart and Zoe Robertson are looking to build a total of 60 huts at four different sites on the seafront and were hoping to receive the go-ahead from Fylde Council in the early stages of this month.

But Fylde planning officials are still awaiting ecology reports from Lancashire County Council and say February 29 is likely to be the earliest the matter can go before Fylde’s Development management Committee.

“I am really concerned about time,” said Mr Robertson. “It is very difficult to plan any further until I know at which sites I am liable to get permission to build.

“We sent a full environmental impact assessment report in November. The assessment compliments the considered approach we are taking towards mitigating any negative impact beach huts may have on the environment.

“In summary, it says that sites such as the one adjacent to the mini-links golf course on the seafront does not propose any impact on the environment and I had hoped we could get a decision from councillors on that site first, but they want to discuss all our four applications at the same meeting.

“All is not lost though — we are ready to go as soon as we hear we have permission and we are grateful for the public support we have received so far.”

Mr Robertson added that he expected the huts to take up to 12 weeks each to build, although it was difficult to estimate.

“We want to build a template one first, learn from that and then build the remainder,” he said.

“But each location poses very different problems, so the time estimate may vary considerably.”