Manor Steps - Boscombe East
It was back in 2014 when Bournemouth Borough Council (BBC) approached ecologic developments with a brief to investigate to design and build some high specification beach lodges which were suitable to use as an overnight beach hut and were to be located East of Boscombe pier. The lodges had a requirement that one of the lodges needed to be suitable for assisted living with specification to suit accessibility standards for less able-bodied users.
In January 2018 BBC again contacted beach hut owners and BBHA to advise us that the beach huts that we planned to be moved are a quantity of 39 located on the right of manor steps. There are no other locations on the seafront where the huts have been located this close. Due to this location they totally obscure the view to anyone standing outside of their hut. Concern from beach hut owners is that if this goes ahead the Council will expand their Beach Lodge program programme to the 150 huts which were mentioned last year.
“What’s the point of having a beach hut if you can’t see the sea? I had might as well stay at home and sit behind the garden shed."Quote From Gillian Vincent
Whilst we realise that tourism is very important to the local economy, we also feel that this will be a continuing battle between the council and the loyal beach hut owners.”
Additional Nine Lodges
Beach Hut owners have received further communication from Bournemouth Borough Council and Andrew Brown the Operations Manager for Tourism Services identifying that since the successful launch of the Bournemouth Beach Lodges in April 2017 they have been extremely popular and due to high demand the council has decided to invest in an additional nine lodges, and make further improvements throughout the site.
The planning application will be submitted in April and if granted work is planned to commence in Autumn 2018. Members have received different letters dependent upon their beach hut location. Some have been advised that.
At this early stage we do not anticipate your beach hut site being moved. There may be some inconvenience during the works, but we will try to keep this to a minimum.Quote from Social Media
Following the outcome of the planning application, we will contact you again with a more detailed timetable of works and further information.
We fully appreciate the changes that you have already experienced during initial development but we remain committed to making this as easy for tenants as possible. If you require any more information in the meantime, please contact us via the email above.
Not all hut owners have received identical information, other owners have been advised that Huts will be going in front of huts that previoulsy had their views restricted. It does state that the terrace that the hut sits on will be raised, however previously this was declined and hut owners were advised that raising of the terrace was not an opportunity. The Beach Hut community waits to see the impact of an additional nine beach lodges and how they will be affected. The huts being moved are all those on the right of manor steps as you face inland.
Bournemouth Beach Hut Association have spoked to BBC and are pushing for BBHA members to be treated fairly. We have requested that those beach huts whos view will be obstructed to have their beach huts raised. We have also requested that extra income generated by BBC is offset against future rent increases.
The contemporary beach side Lodges are only a few steps away from the soft, beautiful sands of Bournemouth beach - one of Britain’s most famous seaside resorts.Quote From Bournemouth Beach Lodge Website
The lodges come completely wire up for electricity and WiFi with access to stunning panaramic vistas which are already a hit with Photographers and modern beach visitor that wants to keep in touch with a comanding view over the beach.
Beach Lodge Delivery
The delivery of the beach huts impacted many of the beach hut community in Bournemouth with existing hut owners disapointed to learn that their views of the sea were being interupted due to the councils decision to move 14 existing huts at Manor Steps, this was to allow the newly routed land train to drop off creating a transport link for visitors to the newly designed overnight beach lodges.
This impact created interest in the national and local press with the comment from the council featured in the Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror Quote: “We are working with beach hut tenants on site and the Bournemouth Beach Hut Association to minimise the impact of these changes where possible.”
Boutique Style Beach Huts
Each lodge can sleep up to 6 people – 4 adults and 2 children, with shower facilities, a flushing toilet and galley kitchen, which can be booked for a 3 day weekend or 4 day mid-week break. The kitchenette is stuffed with swanky appliances
It's clapboard New England chic meets camper-van ingenuity.Quote From The Sunday Times
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You can even take your furry friends with you to enjoy your seaside break. Think of those lovely early morning walks along the picturesque beach – a few steps from your deck. They have specific Lodges especially for you and one dog.
Read more about where Boscombe beach hut owners’ fears over lost sea view on the Bournemouth Daily Echo Site