Framework ‘not a carte blanche to build houses’

MORE than one year after the development framework for Bouverie Lane was approved, there has yet to be any planning applications submitted for the site.

A Draft Development Framework was prepared in May 2019 by the Planning Service for a potential residential development at Bouverie Lane, Cobo (28935452)
A Draft Development Framework was prepared in May 2019 by the Planning Service for a potential residential development at Bouverie Lane, Cobo (28935452)

The Development & Planning Authority has sought to reassure residents that the blueprint is ‘not a carte blanche for someone to go ahead and build a bunch of houses’.

However, the framework does make it clear the range of requirements to win planning permission, for example relating to housing density, mix and numbers, amenity, access, parking and infrastructure.

The site off Bouverie Lane is 0.3 hectares and it is within what is called a ‘local centre’. The DPA says it is duty bound by a States decision to produce development frameworks for anything that exceeds 0.125 hectares in the boundaries of a local centre.

Deputy Victoria Oliver, the new president of the DPA, said they were aware of the concerns in the community over the approval of development frameworks and she wanted to offer some clarification.

‘In producing frameworks for a range of sites across the island it can give the impression that the States is giving the green light to masses of development, but this isn’t the case.

‘What we’re doing is producing sets of rules, tailored for each location. The application to develop itself then has to follow on from that.

‘In the last four years we saw a lot of concern over frameworks, but actually very little real development, so there is a difference.

‘That said, we do want the community to be assured that we aren’t setting out to overdevelop the island or build on all our green spaces.

‘We also need to be mindful of ‘nimby-ism’ and we can’t simply say no to any and all possible future developments.’

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