Highcliffe beach hut plan shelved

An horrendous plan to build 12 overnight beach huts on concrete rafts along the natural cliff at Highcliffe has been cancelled.

The decisive action was taken not by Christchurch Council but Plum Pictures television company. The huts were to have been built as part of the television series George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

Highcliffe residents, walkers and conservationists including Bill Bryson have campaigned against the scheme.

It is understood that Plum Pictures will not be seeking costs from Christchurch Council as a result of the termination.

This is victory for the Friends of Highcliffe Beaches and Cliffs which was formed by worried residents last May.  Members will be celebrating on the cliff between Highcliffe Castle and Chewton Bunny at 3.45pm today.

The ‘We are disappointed’ reaction by Christchurch chief executive David Macintosh is puzzling. A lot of people are relieved.

 

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.
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