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The makers of a Channel 4 TV show have pulled out of a project to build experimental beach huts on an unspoilt stretch of coast in the face of huge opposition.
George Clarke's Amazing Spaces proposed for 12 winning designers to be given £8,000 each by the local council to build a dozen innovative huts at Highcliffe, Dorset.
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Their construction was to be documented in a four-part TV series called Britain's Best Beach Huts. Filming had been due to start in a month's time.
But the project had been met with fierce opposition from local residents and conservationists, including author and countryside campaigner, Bill Bryson, as the nearby cliffs are in a fragile state and designated a site of special scientific interest.
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The campaigners are today celebrating after the production company behind the scheme, Plum Pictures, pulled out of the project altogether.
Christchurch council, which has been criticised for secretly agreeing to the project in the first place, had attempted to change the terms of the contract to appease the angry locals.
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Officials wanted the huts to be made smaller and have no toilet or shower facilities.
The council also wanted them to be only in the daytime and not overnight as planned and to slash the budget to £1,000 per designer.
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A spokesman for Channel 4 said: 'Plum Pictures have informed us that due to the council being unable to deliver the originally agreed use of the proposed site, they...
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