Belgrave Vinery site could hold 313 homes

THERE could be up to 313 social and affordable housing units on the Belgrave Vinery site, according to a draft development framework.

Belgrave Vinery has been earmarked for housing for many years and a draft development framework envisages up to 313 social and affordable homes there. On site yesterday, left to right, were Deputy Peter Roffey, Employment & Social Security president; Deputy Victoria Oliver, president of the Development & Planning Authority; and Steve Williams, chief executive of the Guernsey Housing Association.  (Picture by Adrian Miller, 29026891)
Belgrave Vinery has been earmarked for housing for many years and a draft development framework envisages up to 313 social and affordable homes there. On site yesterday, left to right, were Deputy Peter Roffey, Employment & Social Security president; Deputy Victoria Oliver, president of the Development & Planning Authority; and Steve Williams, chief executive of the Guernsey Housing Association. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 29026891)

The 6.26 hectare site in St Sampson’s has been earmarked for residential development for several decades and comprises the Fontaine Vinery and part of the former Belgrave Vinery.

The majority of it is States-owned.

Policy & Resources and Employment & Social Services have partnered with the Guernsey Housing Association to develop options.

There will be an eight-week consultation on the framework, during which islanders, organisations and businesses can make suggestions or raise concerns that will be considered by the Development & Planning Authority.

‘The purpose of a development framework is to provide broad, comprehensive and practical guidance on how a site might be developed,’ DPA president Deputy Victoria Oliver said.

‘This is an exciting development [in the planning process] because it is really the first large affordable housing site that has come forward in quite some time.’

Following the consultation, a planning application will be submitted by the GHA and chief executive Steve Williams hoped that there could be spades in the ground by spring 2022.

‘We have not acquired land for social housing, partial ownership and affordable housing for about four years, except for a very small site back in February,’ he said.

‘There is land out there but we’ve not been able to agree a price that we can afford with the landowners so, with this site being largely States-owned, it is a very promising step and significant move in working to reduce the number of people on our waiting lists at the moment.’

Now a price agreement needs to be reached with the States.

The land is designated as a housing allocation site in the Island Development Plan and comprises of an area with some temporary industrial uses, a cesspit emptying point, a former horticultural site with remaining spans of glass and parcels of undeveloped land.

It is anticipated that the site would be able to accommodate a density range of 20 to 50 dwellings per hectare, which adds up to between 125 and 313 dwellings.

n The framework can be accessed at www.gov.gg/developmentframeworks.

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