22 December 2017
Jersey’s Planning Committee has approved plans to knock down the old swimming pool, walkway and cable car station at Fort Regent.
The cable car closed in 1988 and the swimming pool in 2004. The redundant buildings are now in an extremely poor condition.
Jersey Property Holdings applied for permission to knock down the swimming pool building, remove the aerial walkway linking the pool and the main Fort Regent building, and to demolish the upper cable car station. The swimming pool basement will be kept, filled and levelled to create an area of hard standing.
The Fort is a Grade 1 listed building but the three buildings due to be demolished are not listed. A Department of the Environment report on the application (P/2017/1258) states that the demolition will improve the setting of the Fort and Glacis Field, and improve skyline views.
There were four objections to the demolition plans from members of the public – which was why the application came before the Planning Committee for consideration.
Affordable village homes approved
The Planning Committee also approved plans for twenty new affordable homes in St Martin’s Village.
The site is a field on La Grande Route de Faldouet which was approved for rezoning in a review of the Island Plan. Under these plans (P/2017/1351) one existing building on the site will be knocked down and twenty new three-bedroom homes will be developed by St Martin’s Housing Trust.
The homes will meet the Department of the Environment’s residential standards, including a minimum 50m² garden for each property, and two parking spaces.
This is the second application for this development. An earlier one was turned down by the committee because of the impact on neighbouring properties.