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Status:
Implemented
Business Item
New Beach Hut Site - Felixstowe
Ref.
ES/0609
Is a Key Decision:
Yes
Decision Type:
Committee
Decision Maker:
Cabinet
Date of Decision
Tue 5 Jan 2021
Show on Forward Plan
Yes
Description
Report of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development, and the Assistant Cabinet Member for Economic Development
Matter for Decision (to consider...)

1. That Cabinet approves the concept and plans for this project and agrees that what is set out in the report forms the basis for the delivery of the beach hut village and new activity park.

 

2. That Cabinet approves the use of the Capital Budget of £875K and £100K from the 100% Pooled Rates funding, to take this project from the current concept design stage through to detailed design, and an application for all necessary consents for the proposed development, including planning permission, inclusive of all associated fees and charges. 

 

3. That Cabinet gives delegated authority to the Strategic Director, acting in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder, to procure all of the necessary contracts and agreement to enable to the construction of the development to be carried out, and to award the same on terms that best protect the Council’s interests.

 

4. That Cabinet approves Option 1 as the proposed operating model, that is, to sell the 25 traditional beach huts and to hire the 5 pods and approves Option A for the management of the hire facilities, that is, a 50/50 income split with Felixstowe Town Council, to be reviewed in 18 months from commencement.

 

5. That Cabinet requests a regular update on the project to be given to the Cabinet Member for Asset Management.

Service Area
Operations
Service Area 2
Not Applicable
Contact for Background Papers:
Laura Hack 
Background Papers:
None
Is Decision District Wide
No
Decision Made

1. That the concept and plans for the project be approved and that it be agreed that what is set out in the report forms the basis for the delivery of the beach hut village and new activity park.

 

2. That the use of the Capital Budget of £875K and £100K from the 100% Pooled Rates funding be approved, to take the project from the current concept design stage through to detailed design, and an application for all necessary consents for the proposed development, including planning permission, inclusive of all associated fees and charges.

 

3. That delegated authority be given to the Strategic Director, acting in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member, to procure all of the necessary contracts and agreement to enable to the construction of the development to be carried out, and to award the same on terms that best protect the Council’s interests.

 

4. That Option 1 be approved as the proposed operating model, that is, to sell the 25 traditional beach huts and to hire the 5 pods and approves Option A for the management of the hire facilities, that is, a 50/50 income split with Felixstowe Town Council, to be reviewed in 18 months from commencement.

 

5. That a regular update on the project  be given to the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Asset Management. 

Reason for Decision
The development of the site will meet with the objectives of East Suffolk Council’s Strategic Plan.  The recommendation to develop the site also contributes to the Council’s ambition to increase tourism opportunities and facilities – in the creation of a new public convenience for the resort.   To assist with the financial planning of the East Suffolk Capital Programme.   To assist with the delivery of key themes in the Council’s East Suffolk Business Plan and within the Local Plan.  
 
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

The site was considered as a relocation facility for those huts displaced at the Spa.  However, as there is an ongoing project to attempt to re-house these on the beach and, in consultation with Spa hut owners, none of them expressed an interest in moving to this location, the decision to develop this a new build site was made.

 

The site is in a conservation area, but initial discussions with Planners are positive that the proposals will add value to the South Seafront area.

 

 Planning Policy SCLP12.14 Spa Pavilion to Martello Park states:

 The Council will support and promote, high intensity tourist uses in this area, with a high proportion of these to be located along the Sea Road frontage. The area has, in part, a rich Edwardian and Victorian character and any proposals will need to maintain the active commercial frontage and be of a high quality design which respects the town’s heritage. Proposals which actively encourage new resort experiences will be welcomed.

 

 Resort related uses will be supported on the Sea Road frontage. Proposals should consider the whole site for resort related uses to provide a vibrant mix of activities.

 

 Where this is not possible or unviable there may be opportunities for residential units on upper floor or at the rear of sites.

 

 Additional beach huts in this area will be limited to locations which complement the existing resort uses and do not fill the important gaps between huts.

 

 The Leisure Centre and the Pier head are the focal point of tourism related activities in Felixstowe. Proposals which seek to redevelop and support this central location will be supported to ensure that the resort offers a range of high quality attractions for visitors and residents.

 

 Between the Pier and the Spa Pavilion, activities which promote cultural attractions including cafes, restaurants and shops on the ground floor will be supported where they respect the Conservation Area designation and the Edwardian and Victorian heritage of the resort. Proposals which provide a link between the resort and the town centre will also be supported.

Any Declarations of Interest Declared
None.
Any Dispensation Granted
None.

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Wards

Eastern Felixstowe

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Decision History

Date & Time CreatedUser Full NameStatus DescriptionDetails
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16/12/2020 14:45:31Matt MakinBusiness Item Created 
16/12/2020 14:45:31Matt MakinCommittee AddedCabinet
16/12/2020 14:45:31Matt MakinMeeting Added05/01/2021 6:30PM
16/12/2020 14:46:06Matt MakinWard AddedEastern Felixstowe
16/12/2020 14:46:20 General Details EditedReference Number Generated (ES/0609)
16/12/2020 14:46:20Matt MakinStatus ChangedDecision Scheduled [1]
16/12/2020 15:08:50Matt MakinReport AddedDocument ID 8262: ES-0609 New Beach Hut Site - Felixstowe
21/12/2020 16:10:38Matt MakinGeneral Details Edited 
23/12/2020 16:54:22Matt MakinStatus ChangedDecision Proposed [2]
06/01/2021 09:27:26Karen CookStatus ChangedDecision Subject To Call In [3]

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