‘Common sense decision on Les Blanches’

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‘COMMON sense has prevailed’, according to the developer of a St Martin’s site after a planning tribunal overturned a Development & Planning Authority decision.

Tony Grange, a director of Island Development Ltd. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 20042438)

The DPA yesterday said it was disappointed that the tribunal had gone against its rejection of housing at Les Blanches.

The tribunal’s decision allows for outline permission for 14 flats and 12 houses on the 4.7 vergee site, as applied for in 2016 under the Rural Area Plan.

But it could be subject to a judicial review, according to Deputy Heidi Soulsby.

A DPA spokesman said it was particularly disappointed as its members were aware of ‘significant public opposition’.

‘However, the committee respects the findings of the planning tribunal.

‘The committee also welcomes that the tribunal has deleted the proposed rear exit from the Manor Stores site, which will significantly reduce the traffic impact.’

Developer Tony Grange, director of Island Development Ltd, said the company was ‘naturally delighted’ with the ruling.

‘After over seven years on engagement with all relevant Guernsey authorities, following at every step of the way the rule of all Guernsey planning laws as they applied at the time, the panel have agreed to our later application to develop 26 units. Common sense, and the rule of law, has at last prevailed.’

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