Rockwater ‘Shoreline Shacks’ Could Stay Six Months Brighton News

ROCKWATER beach huts can stay on the waterfront for an additional six months if advisers allow it.

A request for temporary permission for the ‘shoreline huts’ in Kingsway, Hove is being presented to the Brighton and Hove City Council planning committee on Wednesday.

Officers recommend that councilors grant a building permit for the huts.

In January, the planning committee went against the advice of officers and granted planning permission for a glass roof extension on the building, previously known as The View, The Venue, Babylon Lounge. and West End Café.

Changes to the venue have divided the community as in January neighbors on Walsingham Road opposed a permanent liquor license for the huts.

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Maeve Davis, wife of Rockwater owner Luke Davis, has started a petition calling on people to support the cabins, which has received over 17,000 signatures.

The cabins remained closed during the strict lockdown period earlier this year, even though Mr Davis was granted the liquor license.

The latest planning request contains 11 letters of objection raising various issues including the impact on pedestrians on the promenade, the visual sprawl and claiming that the huts are now surplus to needs now that the main building is open. .

One objector, details of which are removed from the city council’s website, said: “The position of these beach huts, being directly adjacent to the promenade, means that when in use they block the promenade with guests. , forming a traffic jam and restricting the public right of way.

“Associated commercial litter such as beer kegs and garbage cans negatively affect this conservation area.”

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Another objector wrote: “The beach huts have caused huge overcrowding problems on the promenade, making it impossible to walk the path along the waterfront past Rockwater.

“When the huts were still functioning, no social distancing was possible.

“Security personnel made no effort to ensure the path was clear / social distancing was observed.”

The Brighton and Hove Conservation Advisory Group and the City Council’s Heritage Officer did not oppose the plans.

A planning and design statement submitted as part of the application by agents of Rockwater, Lewis and Co Planning, stated: “In terms of heritage, the proposal building itself has no heritage value and the proposed improvements to the building will make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area and are an appropriate response to the coastal / seaside cityscape.

“The improvement of the building and its surroundings, its reopening and the proposed uses will benefit the surrounding community. ”

The planning committee meeting is webcast on the council website starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9.

This will be the first time that a planning committee has met in person in more than a year due to restrictions related to Covid-19.

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