Chalets to be improved at Butlin’s site

DOZENS of chalets in Butlin’s are to be improved.

Planning permission has been given for French doors, patios and balconies to 62 chalets at the holiday company’s Bognor Regis resort.

The unanimous backing for the work in the site’s Atlantic Bay Village came from Arun District Council’s development control committee last Wednesday.

Council planning officer Dan Vick said: “This is the third application within Butlin’s for improvements to existing chalets in the site Atlantic Bay Village.

“It will represent an improved appearance to those buildings and reflects the two permissions already given for other units within that area.”

The proposed development involves replacing the existing windows in the group of 1960s two to three-storey chalet accommodation with French doors.

These will open out onto new balconies which will be fitted to the buildings’ first and second floors. On the ground floor, the doors will open on to a patio.

Some of the blocks are located on the edge of the site and the higher elevations will be seen from Gloucester Road and High Street.

“However, it is considered that the proposed development is of a suitable design and will use quality materials that will enhance the visual amenity of the area – and will not detract from the streetscene or predominant character of the surrounding area,” said Mr Vick.

It was not considered the balconies would result in any overlooking of the nearest homes.

These would be at least 15m away and the balconies would be partly screened by the existing landscaping, he added.