An empty plot near Sir Charles Frossard House has been purchased by the Guernsey Housing Association (GHA) for £1.7million, to deliver “desperately-needed” key worker accommodation by spring 2024.
Funding for the project has been secured through capital grants made to the Affordable Housing Development Programme - and both the Policy & Resources Committee and Committee for Employment & Social Security support the development of the La Charroterie site.
The government hopes that building can proceed quickly, since planning approval is already in place for 17 housing units on the plot, and adjustments to the plans to increase the number of units are under consideration .
The site's proximity to the hospital is argued to be essential for key workers’ needs and for recruitment purposes.
Pictured: The site already has planning permission for a number of housing units.
Steve Williams, Chief Executive of the GHA, claimed the site is “basically ready to go as a development project”, and that “it is on a main bus route and within walking distance of the hospital, so it's perfect for staff that the island's health service relies on".
Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez, Vice-President of the Committee for Employment & Social Security, labelled the proposals “a no brainer”.
“We know that there is a real shortage of suitable accommodation to house those staff brought to the island to support the island's health services," she said.
"This site ticks every box in terms of location, access to public transport and providing the opportunity to crack on with development as a result of the planning permission already in place."
Pictured (top): Steve Williams, Chief Executive of the Guernsey Housing Association.
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