New £20,000 beach huts on the seafront at Gorleston in Norfolk have sold like hot cakes this week.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council is building 70 new beach huts along the Lower Esplanade, each measuring 3m x 3m, including a veranda and double doors, all built of wood with a pitched roof. Owners can choose to paint their beach hut in a wide variety of colours. Under a 25-year ground rent lease, owners will also have access to a dedicated amenity block, with wash basins and toilets. There is an additional £900 annual ground rent.
The first block has already been released and others will become available in groups of 20. Queues formed outside Aldreds Estate Agents in the early hours of the first sale of the huts and similar scenes are expected in the future.
Cllr Carl Smith, deputy council leader, said: "The popularity of beach huts has seen a revival in the UK in recent years and they are very much in demand. Together with the new splashpad and Changing Places Toilet, these beach huts will further boost Gorleston as a popular destination. This is a great opportunity to get your very own brand new beach hut on Gorleston's famous and popular Edwardian seafront. The purchase price follows independent valuation and is within the asking price range for beach huts, so we're expecting lots of interest. The money raised will support vital public services which everyone will benefit from."
This is in stark contrast to Weston-super-Mare where there has been very limited uptake of their new beach huts.
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