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Seaside home to take place of 1920s beach hut in St Clement

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PLANS to demolish a 1920s beach hut in St Clement and build a three-storey house in its place have been approved.

The beach hut

The existing property, called Greta, is thought to be one of the last of its kind in the Island. It is located on Cache du Bourg at Le Bourg.

The hut was sold last year and a couple, Mr and Mrs K Moore, are now due to build a house on the plot, which measures seven by 33.7 metres.

According to a design statement by J S Livingston Architectural Services, which accompanies the planning application, the beach hut has no architectural merit and does not meet modern standards.

‘Our design aims to create a modern family home which takes advantage of the magnificent sea views, provide spacious living spaces and locate the building appropriately on the site so as not to overpower the surrounding properties, all within the constraints of the site,’ the design statement said.

‘The building responds to the long rectangular nature of the site and the building mass has been increased from that of the existing to be more in keeping with the surrounding buildings and context.’

Writing on Facebook, Liz Pallot, whose family previously owned the plot, explained the hut’s history.

‘It may not be the only one in the Island but it is the only one that can be lived in. My great grandfather built two [huts] in 1920 for the family to use as a summer holiday or weekend home.

‘Since then, one has been sold and a house now stands in its place and, unfortunately, with great sadness, Greta was sold last year.’

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Ms Pallot also explained what was inside the hut.

‘The inside of Greta has the original wood, with a room which used to house a double bunk bed – now a changing area – and another room that is the kitchen and then an area with a large table and seating where we enjoyed many family meals,’ she said.

‘There is an outside toilet but what made it special was there is no running water, electricity or WiFi.

‘It is full of great memories and it will be so sad if it is flattened to be replaced by another house.’

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According to the planning decision, no construction will begin until a programme of landscaping has been approved. A number of ecological measures – including carrying out the demolition outside of the bird breeding season – must also be adhered to and the house cannot be occupied until privacy screens are installed on the first and second-floor eastern-facing balconies.

Obscuring glazing must also be installed on the east and west windows, which will also be required to have devices in place to stop them from being opened more than 20 cm.

The Planning Department’s report that accompanied the decision said: ‘The proposal accords with the relevant Island Plan Policies. The proposal satisfies the department’s standards regarding amenity space; room sizes and parking. The application is not considered to result in unreasonable harm to the amenities of neighbouring users nor to lead to an unacceptable increase in traffic generation and parking.’

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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