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Minister orders inquiry into major town housing developments

Minister orders inquiry into major town housing developments

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Minister orders inquiry into major town housing developments


The Environment Minister has ordered a Public Inquiry into the plans for major new housing developments at the Ann Street Brewery site and the Mayfair Hotel.

An independent Planning Inspector will be appointed to conduct the Public Inquiry, with islanders being invited to share their views on the plans.

Deputy John Young last week signed a Ministerial Decision, stating that he would not make a decision on either application until a Public Inquiry had been held.

He added that the developments are “likely to have a significant effect on the interests of a substantial part of the population” and that the public should be consulted in accordance with Planning and Building Laws. 

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Pictured: Deputy John Young ordered the inquiries on the basis that the developments are "likely to have a significant effect on the interests of a substantial part of the population."

The first application relates to Andium Homes’ plans to build 189 one-bedroom and 82 two-bedroom flats on the site of the former Ann Street Brewery. 

The plans also include 163 car spaces in an underground parking, 340 cycle spaces and the creation of a “town woodland” and park areas.

The second application relates to proposals to demolish the Mayfair Hotel to make way for 137 one-bedroom and 67 two-bedroom flats. 

A date for the Inquiry will be released at a later date.

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Posted by John Henwood on
Looks like a kick into the long grass.
Posted by Sheila Young on
It will be a sad day if we lose the Mayfair, a lovely hotel with fantastic staff. My family have stayed there on many occasions. It is a shame it can't be updated, it is the ideal location for a St Helier hotel. Flats are being built on every available space in town at present and this has to stop. We need a cap on the population now. If anything we desperately need more green space in St Helier the Millennium park proves this it is so busy every time the weather is reasonable. St Helier residents deserve more than the concrete jungle we have at present. If we are trying to attract tourists more ugly flats is not the way to go.
Posted by Scott Mills on
Town will soon resemble the specials ghost town video.....concrete jungle
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Every time I read something about planning, it seems as though there is a massive shortage of tiny one bedroom flats. When what is really needed are small town houses and two bedroom bungalows ~ BUT there is less profit in building those; hence we get MORE flats.
Posted by Christopher McCarthy on
I agree these sites are surrounded by townhouses for families within walking distance of schools so let's have more of what the public need not what contractors wants for their tax free shareholders/investors

we can open up the stream to reconnect with nature to provide a pick and eat urban farming
Posted by Scott Mills on
Cram them in Keith, that's the plan. Soon people will be paying £400k for a one bedroom cell. Who controls these prices, because I heard today 2 bedroom flat bought for £290k just 2 years ago, is now on the market for £400k. Jersey wanting to have the highest price for property in the world, they really do go allout to be Global Leader's at the expensive of many islanders.
Posted by Patricia Le Ruez on
YES, No-one, by choice, wants a one-bedroom flat, but is the only option for an individual or young couple to get on the property ladder, and a couple wouldn't be able to have children. Of course, there are the Investors ! As previously said, not all of us who wish to downsize want to live in an apartment block. Will someone please take up the cudgel to the blockheads we have in power ?
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