A plan for twelve beach huts to be dotted along the cliff between Highcliffe Castle and Chewton Bunny comes as a surprise.
It is also causing concern.
The scheme is promoted by the Channel 4 programme George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces with support from Christchurch Council.
People are being asked to submit designs for an overnight hut by the end of the month with a view to the winning designs receiving Â£8,000 for building in the autumn.
Christchurch Council’s community and recreation team leader Matt Reeks says: “It will be the renaissance of Highcliffe.”
However, not surprisingly, many members of the community don’t agree and are alarmed by the suggestion that the huts will be ‘iconic’.
This is a stretch of rare natural cliff enjoyed by many locals and walkers.
But Will Daws of programme maker Plum Pictures claims that “it should bring joy to people in the areaâ€.
A petition has been started asking the council to think again. Around 600 people have signed. The aim is to reach a thousand names.