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Tertre Lane build ‘runs contrary to P&R plan objectives’ – deputy

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THE concentration of development in the north of the island appears contrary to the objectives of the Policy & Resource Plan, according to one deputy.

The recently approved development framework to build up to 12 homes in Tertre Lane in the Vale has raised concerns for Deputy Laurie Queripel and has been strongly opposed by a number of residents and politicians. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 21717517)

Laurie Queripel said he has discussed ways to address the presumption of concentrating development on urban areas with other northern deputies ahead of an upcoming periodic review of the Island Development Plan and Strategic Land Use Plan.

The recently approved development framework to build in Tertre Lane in the Vale, on a 0.27 hectare green field, has been opposed strongly by a number of residents and politicians.

Although the original draft has been amended to reduce the number of potential dwellings from a maximum of 17 to a maximum of 12, Deputy Queripel said the concessions do not make amends for the fact the site has been considered for development in the first instance.

‘It’s extremely disappointing that any development at all is being considered on one of the few green spaces left in an otherwise densely built-up area.

‘It’s difficult to see how reducing the number of dwellings by a few will help to address all the issues and concerns raised, such as additional traffic activity in a small lane, adding to the strain on infrastructure and services, including drainage/water run-off etc.' Summerfield Road is already prone to flooding, he said, due to rainwater running down Rue des Coutures.

‘If plans do come forward it will be for parishioners and willing Vale deputies to participate in the process and again make the case for objection.

‘Then there is the accumulative effect of so much potential development being earmarked for a comparatively small area including Braye Road. The more I think on it, the more I am persuaded that the presumption of concentrating so much development in the north of the island runs contrary to the social and environmental policy objectives of the Policy & Resource Plan,’ he said.

In relation to the forthcoming review of the IDP and SLUP, Deputy Queripel said that deputies interested in seeking changes could get together to consider a plan of action.

‘This review will apparently produce qualitative and quantitative material and a report will be brought to the States in due course.

‘This will be the time to consider ways to address/amend the presumption of concentrating development in the urban areas. I received a good response from my northern colleagues, there is a will to tackle this issue despite the significant work this would entail,’ he said.

Alex Warlow

By Alex Warlow
News reporter

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