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More time to have a say on PEH housing plan

More time to have a say on PEH housing plan

Monday 09 January 2023

More time to have a say on PEH housing plan

Monday 09 January 2023

Planning will allow an extra five days for representations to be made about the proposed housing development on a field within the grounds of the PEH.

It follows the IT outage last week when among other things the States website, which hosts details of the proposal and how to make comments about it, went offline.

Policy & Resources has submitted a controversial application for outline planning permission to build a three- and four-storey building to provide 66 units of key worker accommodation, as well as parking and a bike shelter in a field by the Duchess of Kent House.

The consultation period in which people can comment on an application was triggered when the site notice was displayed and was due to end tomorrow [10 January].

"The period of 21 days that a planning application site notice is displayed for is specified in section 10 of the General Provisions Ordinance and cannot simply be extended by either Planning Officers or the Development & Planning Authority political body," said a Planning Service spokesperson.

"However, the Planning Service will allow an additional five-day period for representations beyond the published 21-day consultation expiry date to take into account the period of time that the States' website was not available recently.

"This means that planning decisions will not be made and issued until at least that additional period of days has expired, and any representations received up until the decision is made will be taken into account."

Before Christmas those opposed to the development argued that there should be extra time to make comments because of the holiday period.

Deputy Andrew Taylor, Vice President of the Development & Planning Authority said any extensions would not "materially affect the application anyway" and that he personally supported the extensions as a positive "gesture" for the community.

Deputy Andy Taylor

Pictured: Deputy Andrew Taylor supports the consultation period extension.

P&R's application has been made under a planning policy that would allow the field to be built on if the Development & Planning Authority decided it was of strategic importance and there was no better alternative.

Both the committee and Health & Social Care argue the development is needed to encourage desperately needed staff to the Island who want to live on the site close to their work.

Deputies and environmental groups have spoken out against the plan, believing there are better alternatives, while an online petition was launched to encourage people to make a representation.

The application can be viewed at gov.gg/liveplanningapplications.

Its reference number is OP/2022/2321 and the address for the application is Le Bordage Seath, Rue Mignot, Le Vauquiedor, St Andrew's.


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