Cobo site could get up to seven houses

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PLANNERS believe that up to seven houses could be built on a Cobo site that is surrounded by houses.

A draft development framework has been prepared by the Planning Service for a potential residential development at Bouverie Lane, Cobo.

A draft development framework, which offers guidance on how an area can be built on, was released yesterday for a 0.3 hectare site at Bouverie Lane.

The only access is on to Route de Cobo – the lane itself is mostly a pedestrian footpath.

The site is also in a flood risk area.

‘Development should respect the character of the area however, in the context of this site, there is scope for flexibility in design approaches, reflecting the varied forms of development in the area,’ the draft framework says.

‘While the scale of development should be appropriate to the character of the site and surrounding area, multi-storey buildings constitute a more efficient use of land and development proposals should consider a multi-storey design from the outset.

‘Any proposal must, however, consider potential impacts in views from the Cobo coast road and long views from the Le Guet.’

The site is currently occupied by Dove Cottage and attached land but does not include Rose Cottage adjoining.

The site is located within a flood risk area, varying from a 1:10 year level of risk to a 1:250 year risk.


'A planning application will be expected to demonstrate how the flood risk has been designed out, what consultation has been undertaken with Guernsey Water and how this consultation has informed the design of the development.’

The brief states that the existing site access is on to a public footpath and there is potential for conflict between additional vehicle traffic and pedestrians using the footpath.

‘In providing measures to resolve this conflict, the development would provide an opportunity to improve access for all users.’

Consideration should be given to the impact on the nearby bus stop.

  • The Development & Planning Authority is inviting comments on the framework document by email at or in writing to the authority over the next six weeks until 5pm on 26 June.

It is available at or can be viewed at the Planning Service Reception at Sir Charles Frossard House, La Charroterie, St Peter Port.

Nick Mann

By Nick Mann

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