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Architect dismisses 'land grab' accusation

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ST PETER Port Douzaine has blocked plans to install a garden and footpath in front of the former Havelet Brewery over concerns that developer Comprop was attempting a 'land grab'.

But the accusation is firmly denied by architect Andrew Ozanne, who has been working on the designs for the footpath, which has already been granted planning permission.

Comprop – which is in the process of building flats on the former brewery site – had proposed to create a new tarmac pavement and landscape planting on the area where the brewery trucks used to unload.

While it does not own the land, the company had offered to pay for the work and maintain the garden.

However, the parish douzaine rejected the scheme by one vote due to concerns that the developer was trying to take control of the land.

St Peter Port senior constable Dennis Le Moignan said the douzaine had been divided on the matter and had narrowly rejected the scheme over worries that it would set a precedent.

'It came down to personal opinions,' he said.

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