FRESH plans for new beach huts in Sandbanks have been submitted by the Borough of Poole.

The proposals for a first floor extension to an existing block at Shore Road promenade will be considered by planners.

It follows previously submitted plans for 12 new beach huts at the site, which were withdrawn last year.

The revised scheme is for eight huts, as well as an external walkway and stairwell.

Keith Gould, of Asplan Associates, has drawn up the plans on behalf of the council.

In a design and access statement, he explains the scheme “will positively enhance the appearance of the area without compromising the environmental issues that arise nearby”.

“The proposed extension will be significantly smaller than the proportions of the existing building, and the overall appearance shall be vastly improved by the cladding of the building in weatherboarding, which is low maintenance and appropriate to a coastal location,” he said.

An external staircase will enable rear access to the proposed beach huts.

The plans form part of the borough’s £6.6 million scheme to improve the town’s seafront. It will see 145 new huts built, 147 dated huts rebuilt and 28 revamped across Poole’s beaches.

Four are set to be built at Flaghead, 94 at Canford Cliff West, 37 at Canford Cliff East and four at Branksome Dene.

Five different new hut sizes and types are planned, and the scheme also proposes the enhancement of public facilities such as a new café and improved accessibility and toilets.

The scheme was revised in 2016 due to concerns with cliff stability at Canford Cliffs. Just last month, a block of beach huts was sealed off amid concerns over a possible landslide.

The council is also considering proposals to build 16 beach huts in Hamworthy Park.

The new huts would be constructed in a row of 12 and another row of four along the eastern side of the promenade.

The exterior of the huts would be similar in design to existing ones in the park.