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New plan for homes on derelict glasshouses sites coming “soon”

New plan for homes on derelict glasshouses sites coming “soon”

Friday 20 January 2023

New plan for homes on derelict glasshouses sites coming “soon”

Friday 20 January 2023

The Chief Minister says she will be bringing forward proposals to build homes on the sites of derelict and redundant glasshouses “soon”.

The then-Senator Kristina Moore attempted to amend the Bridging Island Plan to allow 50% of old greenhouse sites to be built on, with the other half returning to agriculture or being used as a community garden space, back in March.

But her plan was strongly opposed by then-Environment Minister John Young, who argued it would lead to piecemeal development in the countryside, and it was rejected by 26 votes to 19.

In November, she said that she would be revisiting the idea once more along with the ‘Future Places Ministerial Group’. 

Now, it seems those plans have taken a step further.

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Pictured: The Chief Minister first attempt to push through the derelict greenhouse scheme was defeated in the States by 26 votes to 19.

Speaking to business leaders at this week’s Chamber Lunch event, she said that St. Helier was taking “too much of the brunt of housing development”.

She later added that she will be “asking the Assembly soon to reconsider” her glasshouses proposition.

The current Bridging Island Plan, which covers 2022 to 2025, has a distinct policy on derelict and redundant glasshouses, which states that their redevelopment for non-agricultural use will not be supported.


Pictured: The policy would allow the for possibility of development on the land occupied by derelict greenhouses.

“When glasshouses are redundant to the horticultural industry or are derelict, they should be removed, and the land restored to agricultural use,” it adds.

The policy does open a small window of opportunity for development: “In only the most exceptional circumstances, the development of derelict glasshouse sites may be considered for other uses, provided that the amount of development is the minimum required to deliver an overall improvement to the landscape character of the countryside through the removal of glasshouses and supporting infrastructure; and the restoration of agricultural land, or an appropriate environmentally-beneficial use.


Pictured: The policy was originally opposed by the then-Environment Minister, John Young, who argued it would lead to piecemeal development in the countryside.

“Any such proposals must be accompanied by adequate information which demonstrates the redundancy of the glasshouse to the holding and the industry; and details which support and justify the extent of development sought relative to the costs of the removal of the glasshouses.

“Any such development will be conditioned to prevent further changes of use; and if the approved use ceases, that the land will revert to agricultural use.”

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Posted by Martin on
Excellent compromise OR just leave them for yet another forty years!

It IS a no brain-er = build!
Posted by Steven Simon on
Homes or HOME like the sunset nurseries old glass house site?
Posted by Jon Jon on
So we end up with a few houses here and there, thus encroaching in countryside.Can I demolish my old greenhouse in garden and build I wonder?
Posted by Keith Marsh on
About time, it not only solves the mess of broken-down glasshouses but helps a little to increase the housing stock.
Note to the wise ~ NO BUILDING large 3/4/5 bedroom homes, build basic starter homes, and give our younger folk a chance.
Posted by on
Let's face it, John Young was a terrible planning minister.

This issue has been going on for decades, these sites should have been built on for housing for families, not flats. Dandara has built enough rabbit hutch size flats across the island with no parking, whilst these sites have been left derelict.

It is ludicrous that they are now building across the island on good agricultural land that was being farmed whilst planning refused to allow building on green house sites as they might be put back to agricultural use!


Get these sites built on with family houses, that give the kids somewhere to play in their own back garden. Not flats that you can't fit a proper size sofa in.
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