Decision details

LU/404/22/PL, The Promenade, South of the Putting Green, Littlehampton

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


2 Public Speakers

David Warne – Objector

Shuna Le Moine – Objector


Application under Regulation 3 for 13no. proposed new beach huts and associated access arrangements. This application is in CIL Zone 5 (zero rated) as other development.


The Planning Area Team Leader presented the report with updates. He explained that a previous application [LU/50/21/PL] had been refused at Committee in April 2021 [Minute 544] due to the number and position of the proposed beach huts and the lack of accessibility detail, and confirmed that this new application aimed to overcome these reasons by decreasing the overall number of huts from 20 to 13 and including three wheelchair accessible ones. This was followed by 2 Public Speakers.


Members spoke in support of the increased accessibility but questioned whether there was an overall increase in space being allocated despite the reduction in the number of huts due to the width measurements given in the report. The Group Head of Planning clarified that the right to a view was not a material planning consideration but consideration of the impact of the proposals on the character of the area was. Members did have some concerns about the impact of the new beach huts both on the view from Norfolk Road and on the character of the area and several Members questioned whether they could be moved elsewhere to mitigate these concerns.


Councillor Blanchard-Cooper proposed a deferral on the grounds of the impact on the character of the area, in particular those at the Norfolk Road end and whether, given the overall increase in quantity, a reduction in the number of huts should be sought. The Legal Services Manager, by reference to the Constitution at Part 8 – Codes and Protocols, Section 3 – Planning Protocol, 15 - Deferral, explained the circumstances when it was procedural to defer. This motion to defer was not seconded and therefore not moved. Returning to the substantive Officer recommendation to approve conditionally, this was proposed by Councillor Chapman and seconded by Councillor Chace.


The Committee




That the application be APPROVED CONDITIONALLY as detailed in the report subject and report update to the conditions as detailed.

Report author: Jonny Cooper

Publication date: 13/03/2023

Date of decision: 08/03/2023

Decided at meeting: 08/03/2023 - Planning Committee

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