17 October 2013
A hotel used as staff accommodation for the Jersey Royal Company is to be replaced with six new flats. Tom Binet and Sherrington Limited applied to knock down the Beach Hotel, on the coast road in Gorey, and submitted a new design for six apartments in a four storey building with covered parking.
Planning received six letters of complaint, referring to the proposed new building’s size, height, design and other concerns. However, the Planning Applications Panel, which met today, agreed that the scheme is a marked improvement on the existing consent and gave it the go ahead.
The Panel had previously heard the application at its September meeting. But after concerns that residents had not been informed of the time and date of the meeting, it decided to consider the matter afresh.
Several residents spoke against the proposal at the meeting but having heard the points raised, the Panel decided to approve the new scheme. Panel members commented that the new scheme would be a significant improvement on the existing planning permission for the site.
Green zone applications refused
The Panel turned down two requests asking it to reconsider plans to build in the green zone.
Mark Fauvel, of Fluid Architecture, asked the Panel to reconsider an application to build two bedrooms in a one and a half storey extension to an outbuilding at Le Carrefour, La Rue Mahier, St Mary.
Justin Gallaher of Gallaher Architects, asked the Panel to reconsider an application to build a three bedroom house in the place of existing stables and stores in St Lawrence.
Both properties are in the green zone where there’s a presumption against development, unless there are exceptional reasons. In both cases, the Panel considered that the green zone policy could not be set aside.
Change of use approved for catering business
A catering business that currently works out of premises in St Peter has been given permission to change the use of part of a traditional farm building in St Ouen to support the business.
Sunrise Catering wants to use the ground floor of a three storey barn on La Route de Millais to prepare salads and sandwiches. The Planning department said in its report on the application that the Island Plan supports the re-development of traditional farm buildings for other uses where those buildings can’t be used for agriculture.
Several residents objected to the scheme on grounds of access, drainage and intensification of use. The Panel, in approving the application for a trial two-year period, added three conditions to reflect residents’ concerns.