A trio of Portland stone shell sculptures will be the focal point of a new Seaside Garden at Flaghead Chine, as set out in a planning application submitted by Borough of Poole.
The application, which also includes four new beach huts, is part of a wider £6.6m seafront investment programme in Poole, which includes £1.2m investment from the Dorset Coastal Connections, Coastal Communities Fund
The Seaside Garden, which is being funded from £55,000 of the Coastal Community Fund, will be accessible to all and has been designed to connect the views through the wooded chine onto the beach and beyond to the Purbeck Hills. Offering younger visitors the opportunity for sensory play, the garden will feature Portland stone shells, designed by local sculptor Phil Brews, creating a memorable landmark in the middle of the garden with flowers surrounding the area to soften the transition between the Chine and the beach.
The four new beach huts will be stand-alone buildings, featuring durable, wood-effect cladding and UPVC doors.
Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for beaches, Borough of Poole, said: “We have one of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere and with that comes the challenge to keep it up the standard our residents and visitors expect. A part of the external money from CCF will be used to build the Seaside Garden – something I believe will be a worthwhile addition to the area.
The planning application reference APP/17/01958/F can be viewed on the Planning Portal. If planning permission is approved, the council work will start in April 2018.