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New homes and road safety improvement for north of town

16 February 2018

28 new homes will be built on the site of an old nursing home at La Pouquelaye, following Planning Committee approval.

A proposal (P/2017/1176) to demolish Maison de Ville and replace it with 28 two-bedroom homes includes improvements to the layout of the pavement and roads to make it safer for people walking to and from the area.

An application to redevelop the site and construct a 60-place day nursery together with 28 care apartments was refused permission at appeal in 2016.

A planning report on the revised application said the proposal was right for the location and ‘will deliver a well-designed, high quality residential development’. It recommended approval of the proposal.

There were 12 public comments submitted to the department. Most concerns were about road safety, especially for children walking to Janvrin School.

The applicant, Dandara, will fund various pedestrian safety improvements to the surrounding area.

New hangars

Ports of Jersey plans to build three new 24,000 sq. ft. aircraft hangars to lease to private aircraft owners were deferred by the Planning Committee at its meeting today. Members were particularly interested to hear more evidence from the acoustic experts in relation to anticipated noise impacts.

Ports of Jersey thinks there’s demand for a dedicated, purpose-built facility from local owners and high net worth individuals and submitted an application (P/2017/1184) for three large aircraft hangars on Le Mont Fondan, near Mont à la Brune, St Peter.

The plans attracted eight letters – one supporting the scheme, the remainder expressing concerns, including issues of noise and smells, the need for enhanced landscape and the visual intrusion of this type of building.

A planning report on the application said there was already aircraft noise in the area and any extra noise would be minor.

St Aubin delivery and takeaway service

A St Aubin restaurant will be allowed to provide a delivery and takeaway service for customers for a trial period of 6 months, following a decision by Jersey’s Planning Committee.

Noya Shapla is located in a former bank on the quayside. It received permission for changing the use of the building from a bank to a restaurant last year but wasn’t allowed to operate a takeaway and delivery service from its premises due to concerns about traffic, parking and the impact on residents.

The restaurant has secured a parking space for its delivery driver and reapplied (RC/2017/1171) for permission to run a takeaway and delivery service.  A planning department report said a delivery service would be acceptable but a take-away service from this restaurant could lead to problems of traffic generation, safety or parking. However, the Committee, on hearing additional evidence from the applicant, took a different view. There were 18 letters of support for the application, and three against.

Farm development in rural St Ouen turned down

An application to build staff accommodation and a new agricultural shed at West Point Farm, St Ouen (PP/2017/0034) was today refused by the Planning Committee.

West Point is owned by Jersey Royal (Property Holdings) (JRPH) which leases the site to the Jersey Royal Company. West Point Farm mainly consists of polytunnels. JRPH applied to demolish a shed with a workshop, three staff bedsits and 13 polytunnels and build a new agricultural shed for the maintenance and repair of farm machinery and new modern staff accommodation for 24 people.

Current planning policy for staff accommodation says it should be sited in the built up area. The planning report notes that the applicant owned staff-worker accommodation at the Beach Hotel, Grouville, but sold it for private residential development. Under planning policy for agricultural buildings, no new buildings are allowed unless they are considered to be essential to the proper function of the farm holding.

Members accepted a planning report which said the planned shed and staff accommodation were against a number of important planning policies. It said the proposals, if granted, would mean a loss of agricultural land and a ‘development of an excessive size, scale and siting which is visually dominant and harmful to the remote rural character of the area’.

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