PLANS have been submitted to replace a dilapidated beach hut in Teignmouth. 

The hut on the River Beach is in a ‘tired’ state and the application to Teignbridge Council planners is looking to build a new hut aimed at improving the appearance and able to endure exposure to the weather. 

In a statement, the owners say they want to remove the current building and construct a replacement to fit in with neighbouring huts. 

It says: ‘The new beach hut will replace a tired and dilapidated beach hut and use materials, shapes and detailing which reflect the existing neighbouring huts. 

‘The impact of the replacement hut will be negligible and will in fact improve the appearance of what is there.’

The plans also include installing solar PV to the south west facing elevation to contribute to bringing the carbon footprint down. 

Beach hut at Back Beach, Teignmouth.
Beach hut at Back Beach, Teignmouth. which is the subject of a planning application to replace it ( )

The ground area of the replacement beach hut will be remain same as the existing beach hut structure. 

But the height of the replacement hut is proposed to be slightly higher than what exists now but keep in scale compared to other surrounding huts. 

Access to the beach hut will remain very much the same as it is now. 

The statement added: ‘It is hoped Teignbridge District Council and the Conservation team agree we are working to preserve the appearance of the area. 

‘The changes are minimal, modest and simple and the beach hut will be constructed in a manner which should endure the exposure of the weather, if approved.’

It says the proposal is following ‘trends’ evident in the area which balance the needs of the typical user to the space and intended enjoyment of the hut. 

It says: ‘It is not the intension nor in the interest of the applicant to detract from the surrounding area. 

‘It is hoped the proposal will enhance the application site and will result in a high quality addition to the area.’

The River Beach huts are in a Conservation area near the lifeboat station.

Data shown on Ordnance survey maps indicate there have been structures of some sort on the site dating back to 1937.