Controversial beach hut plan for Sandilands could see U-turn

An artists impression on how the beach hut would look.
An artists impression on how the beach hut would look.

A decision to allow a controversial application to build a beach hut on top of former public toilets in Sandilands could see a U-turn after residents did not get their say.

The plans put forward by applicant Tim Spring proposed that the former public conveniences at Roman Bank in Sandilands change its use to form a store and toilet with erection of a beach chalet directly above.

This bright red beach chalet would stand at the end of a row of traditional style beach huts which run along the promenade and if built would stand higher than the rest of chalets.

The application was considered in July and it was initially approved, as it was decided by East Lindsey District Council that the plans met the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework which governs development, despite of petition of over 200 signatures from residents against the plans.

But during the time these plans were being discussed for approval, a number of residents complained that the decision was unfair, as many of them were not sent letters inviting them to express their interest to speak prior to the meeting.

In light of this fact, the District Council is now taking up further consultation which could result in the decision being overturned.

A spokesman for ELDC said: “Consultation is an important part of the planning process and since the decision, a number of residents have come forward to say they didn’t have the opportunity to have their say as they received their letter informing them of the application too late.

“As such, a further consultation period is now being undertaken in relation to the application and all comments made will be considered by the Council’s planning manager, in consultation with the chairman, before deciding whether to confirm the application or to ask the planning committee to reconsider in light of any comments received.”

District Coun Stephen Palmer added: “This beach hut is out of keeping with the Sandilands area and local people have been ignored in their protest. No-one wants it.”

Business owner Catherine Hallsworth said: “For us it’s very simple, we want the toilets back for the community. If the Council doesn’t want to re-open them, then all we ask is the toilets
 be given back to the community.

“We will form a group to ensure they are looked after.”