Tag "Planning"

Site must have chance to bear fruit

IT IS no surprise that some sites have long been riper than others for tourism development, which has made the slow demise of the former Strawberry Farm depressingly predictable. That its owners are now calling for a change of use for housing was equally expected. Any chance that an investor would have the appetite to sink millions into an alternative leisure attraction at the site under current restrictions is hard to imagine.

Land shouldn’t be gifted to developer

Re: Old brewery site and Comprop (C.I.) Limited. Firstly may I point out that I write as a private person, a tax and ratepayer. I have recently had sight of a letters from a firm of advocates and also an architect concerning the above site. I have done some research, got copies of deeds together with the plans that accompany them, seen and bought aerial pictures, and I believe that I have an informed opinion of the proposed landscape improvements. One of the purposes of the douzaine is to stand as a body of people between government and the general public to protect the interests of the people. The States, by ignoring their democratic vote, show disrespect to both entities. I have been informed that Planning have approved the plans and that a lease is in preparation. It has been widely reported that the douzaine was asked firstly, whether they felt that planning permission should be granted for an extension to the land purchased. The douzaine voted against planning permission on the grounds that firstly, it was their sworn duty to protect the interest of ratepayers and residents of St Peter Port and by extension, protect areas of common ownership. Secondly, that it formed a precedent to sell public land without specific permission and an appropriate open planning meeting.

‘We are drowning in housing’


ST SAMPSON’S is ‘drowning in houses’, its senior constable has said, as the Island Development Plan paves the way for more homes to be built there.