Seafront ‘pods’ get thumbs-up for Hayling

An artist's impression of the 'pods'

An artist's impression of the 'pods'

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ONE thing is for sure – they are certainly different.

These holiday ‘pods’ are set to become a new feature on the seafront at Hayling Island.

The tourist development has attracted mixed views, with one objector describing it as a ‘slightly upmarket caravan site’ in a council planning report.

And the Langstone Harbour Board objected to the plans, saying it was not ‘a positive contribution to the landscape’.

But councillors on Havant Borough Council’s planning committee went against officers’ recommendations and voted to approve the plans, which were submitted by Hayling Golf Club.

The eight pods, which are 13ft high, will be open to club members and holiday makers to enjoy some of the best views of the Solent.

The pods, which sleep up to six people, will be situated off Ferry Road, close to the Ferryboat Inn.

They will make use of an overgrown stretch of land, which was an Environmental Monitoring Unit for scientists until two years ago.

Cllr Elaine Shimbart, who sits on the planning committee, said: ‘We felt the land needed to be developed. It’s very untidy as it is.

‘It should be quite an interesting development and good for Hayling and the borough as a whole.

‘It’s certainly something different.’

Cllr Leah Turner, another member of the committee, said: ‘I’m keen for anything that will help tourism.

‘I can understand why people might be worried, but I quite like them. We passed it with conditions.’

Conditions included the council working with the golf club on an appropriate colour scheme.

Ian Walton, managing secretary of Hayling Golf Club, said: ‘Obviously we were delighted.

‘The Hayling masterplan which was part of the council’s strategic review of the area was encouraging development across the whole of the seafront, including that part.

‘It’s a little beehive of leisure activity round there with lovely views as well.

‘Hopefully this will attract some more people to come and enjoy Hayling.’

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