Jersey: Ogier Advise On Successful Planning Appeal For Housing Trust Development
Last Updated: 28 March 2017

A Housing Trust has won a Planning appeal to give the go-ahead to the construction of 31 social housing units in Minden Place, after an independent expert recommended that the development should go ahead.

The plans by Christians Together in Jersey Housing Trust for 31 social housing flats and three retail units at 1-2 Minden Place has been backed by an independent Planning Inspector – it had been rejected by politicians despite the support of the Planning department, the Housing Minister and the Jersey Architecture Commission.

As part of the development, the Housing Trust has agreed to provide tree planting and pavement improvements, and to contribute £18,454 as a "Percentage for Art" donation.

Ogier's planning and construction law specialist Claire Smith, who was part of the team representing the Christians Together in Jersey Housing Trust in the appeal, said: "I'm particularly pleased that this development to provide much-needed social housing is to go-ahead after the independent inspector gave her verdict that the very special circumstances presented by this particular scheme justified allowing a development without car-parking.

"The development includes public realm improvements for the area, and has been praised by the inspector for its 'high design quality'."

The Planning Applications Committee had raised concerns that the development would be made out of brick, but Waddington Architects submitted a file identifying around 50 other brick buildings in St Helier, some of which are listed by the department as a special part of the Island's heritage.

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