23 August 2013
The Planning Department has issued a planning permit to allow the building of 28 new homes on the site of the former holiday village at Plémont.
The Planning and Environment Minister, Deputy Rob Duhamel, approved the application on the 14 Nov 2012, subject to certain environmental and landscaping obligations and conditions.
Following discussions and negotiations between the applicant and the Planning Department, a Planning Obligation Agreement (POA) has now been agreed and the permit issued.
Approval was given by Deputy Duhamel in November following a public inquiry, conducted by an independent inspector, and after careful consideration to the merits of the application, the inspector’s report and recommendation, and matters raised during the public inquiry.
Planning Obligation Agreements are legal agreements between a developer and the Minister for Planning and Environment and ensure the provision of services, funding or other necessary aspects of an application that cannot normally be secured by conditions attached to a planning permission. The costs associated with these obligations are usually met by the developer.
The Plémont POA includes:
- the ceding of land to an appropriate body for landscaping and habitat creation;
- the implementation of that landscaping and habitat creation;
- the restoration of an Occupation structure for use as a bird hide;
- a financial contribution towards a study into the state of the puffin colony that used to occupy the nearby cliffs;
- a financial contribution to the on-going maintenance of the new landscaping to ensure that a natural landscape is re-established.