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Former Education Offices could become housing

Former Education Offices could become housing

Friday 21 June 2019

Former Education Offices could become housing


A States-owned office in Grange Road that used to house Education staff could be used for residential development in the future.

The Planning Service has released a draft development framework providing 'planning guidance' on how the site, which is allocated for residential use in the Island Development Plan, might be developed.

However, it has not specified how many houses could be created, saying it depends on the site's design. 

"The Draft Development Framework identifies a number of constraints and opportunities for the site, and particularly highlights the importance and appeal of the historic setting," Planning said. "The number, mix and type of residential units likely to come forward on the site will be influenced by this historic setting and the requirement to preserve the special interest of the Protected Building on site."

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The main building on the site, which forms the boundary with La Couperderie to the south, is a Protected Building and should be retained.

The car park to the east, which serves St. Joseph’s Church, does not form part of the draft development framework. 

"Across the site, proposals will be expected to provide a mix and type of housing that is reflective of the demographic profile of households requiring housing based on the most up to date evidence available," the framework states. "However, the authority will also take into account the social and cultural value of the Protected Building when assessing the mix and type of units proposed through the conversion of the Protected Building, where the requirement to preserve the special interest of the Protected Building may influence the mix or type of units.

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The 0.27 hectare site is accessed from the Grange.

"Demolition of non-protected buildings on the site is encouraged in order to make the most effective and efficient use of the site."

 

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