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Public meeting for Briarwood homes next week

Public meeting for Briarwood homes next week

Wednesday 07 December 2022

Public meeting for Briarwood homes next week

Wednesday 07 December 2022

An Open Planning Meeting for 26 new homes at Briarwood, St. Martins will take place next Monday after planners recommended the application for approval with 24 conditions.

The meeting is being held in the Cambridge and Delancey Rooms at Beau Sejour on Monday 12 December, starting at 16:00.

22 of the proposed homes would be three-bedroom and the remaining four would be two-bedroom dwellings.

The plans also include landscaping and parking, cycle storage, alterations to the public park and vehicular access points and pedestrian access points.

The site currently is used for a public car park, a section of garden for a house, an agricultural field, and the Office of the Children’s Convenor. 

The proposals have also drawn criticism from the Committee for Employment & Social Security and the Guernsey Housing Association for convincing planners that providing any affordable housing under planning policy GP11 would render the build unviable. 

GP11 directs any development over 20 units of accommodation to allocate up to 30% of developable land to affordable housing unless it is evidentially not economically viable to do so.

Beau Sejour 

Pictured: The meeting will be held at Beau Sejour. 

Amongst other recommendations, the planners are asking that bird and bat boxes are installed, lighting plans for the car park and pathways are detailed, and non-native plants are replaced with native ones to ensure biodiversity net gain. 

The land is also noted as being contaminated, and several conditions relate to remediating it in the interests of public health and safety.

Just three political members of the Development & Planning Authority will deliberate on the application after its Vice-President, Deputy Andy Taylor resigned, and Deputy Bob Murray ascended to the vacant seat on the Policy & Resources Committee.

Only those who made written representations to the original application will be allowed to speak at the meeting for up to four minutes. 

They must also have notified the Planning Service of their intention to speak in writing up to two working days prior to the meeting. 

45 representations were made to the original application, with an extra four received for the revised plans. 

The application was submitted by Sarnian Property Ltd and Infinity Construction. A development framework for the site was approved in 2018

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