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Plan for new chalets in Weymouth
NEW chalets look set to be built in beachfront gardens in Weymouth.
The borough council is providing twelve more in Greenhill Gardens to help ease the long waiting list. Some people have been waiting for as many as 20 years to get one.
The sloping Cactus Terrace, between a hedge and a wall next to the promenade, has been identified for the new block.
The area will be levelled out and the chalets will be virtually identical in size and appearance to a nearby row.
A similar application was approved five years ago but the chalets were never built and planning consent expires in December 2013.
The difference with the new plan is that the buildings will have rainwater collection butts and some will have solar panels.
Sue Bray of the Weymouth chalet users’ community group welcomed a new move to build more chalets, but questioned whether they would be put up for sale at an expensive price or rented out for community use.
She also wondered if the council had plans for existing chalets. There were discussions several years ago about chalets being sold for redevelopment or being taken over privately.
Mrs Bray added: “As far as we know that’s still in the pipeline and every year the council adds a bit more to the rent and says we might have to leave in a certain time.”
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council finance spokesman Peter Chapman said: “Demand for chalets in this location has always been high and it is considered that the provision of additional chalets will be well supported.
“The borough council continues to let the existing chalets at Greenhill Gardens to local residents on an annual basis.”
The council said a decision whether the chalets will be sold or let will be made once the planning process is complete.
A report with the planning application says: “The proposed chalets complement the existing chalets and are harmonious with the setting of the gardens and beach.
“Their impact on the gardens will be very minor and they will positively enhance the Esplanade.”
People have the chance to comment on the plan by August 21.
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