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DPA reverses decision to vote in private on vinery

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A FINAL decision on the controversial proposed redevelopment of a former vinery site should be made at a public meeting this month after Development & Planning reversed its earlier decision to vote in private.

The Development & Planning Authority will hold a second open meeting on an application to use the former Domarie & Avondale vineries for storage and open yards after saying previously it would decide behind closed doors. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 26023767)

An open planning meeting began in August to discuss proposals to change the Domarie and Avondale vineries into 15 storage units and two open yards.

The application has resulted in more than 100 objections from neighbours and other islanders, concerned about increased traffic, the loss of horticultural land and the impact on residential properties.

Planners have recommended the plans be approved, but the meeting where politicians were due to make the decision was adjourned without a result as they wanted more information.

At the time it was said the final decision would be made at a private meeting and published online, leaving residents furious and labelling the process a ‘shambles’.

But today, the DPA confirmed that another open planning meeting would be held and new video evidence would be presented.

‘The majority of [political board] members voted to defer the decision in order to request additional information on vehicle access and traffic safety from the applicant,’ a spokesman said.

‘The authority anticipated that the decision on this application would be made within eight weeks as part of one of their normal meetings.

‘However, the authority has agreed that it is in the best interests of the community for the review of the additional information and the decision to be made in public.’

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As a result, an open planning meeting has been arranged for Wednesday 23 October.

This will take place in the Delancey/Cambridge Room at Beau Sejour at 1.15pm, for a 1.30pm start.

Members of the public who have previously made a representation on this application have been invited to speak at the meeting.

Issues to be discussed are limited to the reasons for deferral and the new video evidence provided.

  • The video evidence provided by the applicant, an independent video produced by the authority, and an addendum to the published planning application report will be made available online at www.gov.gg/opm from Wednesday 16 October.
Juliet Pouteaux

By Juliet Pouteaux
News reporter

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