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Push to make all new Waterfront and South Hill homes affordable

Push to make all new Waterfront and South Hill homes affordable

Thursday 16 March 2023

Push to make all new Waterfront and South Hill homes affordable

Thursday 16 March 2023


All new homes built in St. Helier by the taxpayer-backed Jersey Development Company could be forced to be designated as affordable under proposals from a former Housing Minister.

Next week, the States Assembly will be asked to decide whether to approve Deputy Sam Mézec's call for tougher restrictions on the type of properties that the JDC can build moving forward.

According to the most recent figures, the average price of a one-bedroom home in Jersey is now £383,000.

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Pictured: Deputy Sam Mézec, leader of Reform Jersey and former Housing Minister.

The Reform Jersey Deputy has regularly called for a greater percentage of flats in large-scale builds to be designated for affordable housing.

And, he also wants the JDC's plans to build 130 flats on the site of the former Planning offices on South Hill to be blocked until a full Town Masterplan is approved.

Deputy Mézec’s proposals have been lodged as amendments to St. Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft’s proposition for another major JDC development on the Waterfront to be halted until an agreed vision for the parish is in place.

The Waterfront proposal includes plans for a leisure centre, public gardens, an arthouse cinema and almost 1,000 new homes.

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Pictured: The JDC's Waterfront plans.

The Planning Committee is due to meet tomorrow to decide whether to approve the JDC's application for South Hill which features 64 one-bedroom, 69 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom apartments on the site.

Deputy Mézec said his amendment to Mr Crowcroft’s proposition would "specifically include" the South Hill development, while also enforcing a greater designation of homes as affordable housing.

In his amendment, the former Housing Minister said: "Many of the arguments made by the Constable of St Helier about the impact of the Waterfront development are equally valid for the South Hill development.

"The development is proposed without adequate considerations in place for traffic, school places or the quality of life for those who end up in single-aspect apartments a few metres opposite from a cliff face. This is not satisfactory and must be reviewed."

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Pictured: The proposals are due to be debated during next week's States sitting

And the Reform Jersey Deputy has said that any Town Masterplan should include the requirement that "all subsequent homes built by the Jersey Development Company in St Helier be for affordable housing".

He added: "Thus far in this political term no elected Member has spoken in enthusiastic support for this policy. There is no reason that it should be maintained by this Assembly. We have the democratic right to review it and overturn it."

"The government should not be in the business of building homes for the unaffordable sector. Leave that to the private sector. Our resources and energy should instead be solely focused on providing affordable homes."

A further amendment from Deputy Alex Curtis seeks to ensure the provision of "commercial spaces" in major developments can demonstrate a benefit to the economy.

The proposition and its amendments is due to be debated at next week’s States sitting.

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Posted by Shroodle Doodle on
Too little, too late....
Posted by IanSmith97 on
No chance. When we are allowing home owners to rent out their properties on Air BNB whilst there is a housing shortage shows what counts here, the great god gold. Homeless residents? Who cares?
Posted by MichaelEvans46 on
Why didn’t he do anything about it when he was housing minister?
Posted by Scott Mills on
affordable.....my sides oooooooooooooh my sides. To Ian Smith...most airbnb hosts wouldn't rent out their properties whether they did airbnb or not, they had the choice to do this before joining airbnb. And despite what is said in the media, about how much you can earn from airbnb you have to factor in a lot of costs, rates, electricity bills, cleaning bills, water bills, products to clean the house, maintenance of the house, airbnb fees, (yes they take money from hosts and guests) and 20% tax. whereas if you rent out the house, the tenant is responsible for all local bills, half of rates etc.... so the figures while they look amazing, at the end perhaps someone who isn't business savvy, think 100% of the night price goes in the host pockets. Certainly not the case. Plus majority of airbnb listing aren't booked out 365 (unlike renting).
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Sam could have done this as Minister, however he felt it was better to resign.
Its a great idea, however someone has to provide the profit for the construction of these units, and that must not be the tax payer.
A decent percentage of affordable housing and the remainder at standard prices for the general market is a fine system ~ don't rock it.
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