Mary Berry's son sparks fury in seaside community by ignoring planning rules and converting his beach hut into a two-storey 'chalet' which 'sticks out like a sore thumb'

Mail Online | 11/21/2017 | Amie Gordon For Mailonline
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Mary Berry's son has sparked outrage among residents in a seaside town after doubling the size of his controversial beach hut without planning permission.

Tom Hunnings' beach hut, perched on a remote cliff on Portland Bill, in Dorset, has more than doubled in size and now boasts a mezzanine floor, timber shutters, a second floor and basement.

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The Bake Off star's son became embroiled in a row over the renovations but councillors have now vowed to 'take back control' and refused retrospective planning permission after he flouted regulations.

Furious councillors said the hut now resembled a 'chalet' and 'stuck out like a sore thumb'.

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Mr Hunnings was granted approval by the council to extend a hut at Portland Bill last year.

But it was extended beyond the plans and councillors at a Weymouth and Portland Borough Council planning committee this week unanimously rejected Mr Hunnings' retrospective application.

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The hut was also painted blue and a basement was added but planning officers said the hut had since been repainted and the basement filled in.

Councillor Ray Nowak told the committee: 'The bigger huts come at a price in terms of both space and impact. They are being used as holiday homes with more and more overnight stays.'

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Councillor Margaret Leicester added: 'It has a floor upstairs. Whoever has built this, thinks they can do what they like. Our own policy gives us grounds to refuse this.

'This is a protected area and this hut sticks out like a sore thumb.'

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Councillor Sandy West said: 'This is not a beach hut, this is a chalet.'

The extensive redevelopment of the previously tatty, rotting...
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