Permission given for 60 new homes in Q4 2020

PLANNING permission for 60 new homes was granted in the final quarter of 2020 – the most for a single quarter in the last three years.

On average, permission for 37 new homes is granted each quarter last year. (29411305)
On average, permission for 37 new homes is granted each quarter last year. (29411305)

On average, permission for 37 new homes is granted each quarter. But after a quiet first quarter in 2020 and then two quarters sitting around the average, the final three months saw a large increase.

Two-thirds of the permissions cover three developments – eight flats and five houses in Guelles Road, 11 houses in Tertre Lane and the replacement of a Forest care home with six houses and eight flats.

Currently the aim is for 635 new units of accommodation to be built between 2017 and 2021, around 127 a year.

There are 540 houses in the planning pipeline, with permissions granted, and more than 300 of these are currently under construction.

This includes delayed projects, such as the former Channel Island Tyres site in La Charroterie, which has permission for 23 new homes.

It is classed as having commenced, because the building which stood has been demolished, but building work has not started.

The situation is different for the controversial Les Blanches site in St Martin’s, where construction work on 26 new homes has been moving forward.

Of the approvals during the fourth quarter, just over 60% were in the main centres – Town and the Bridge – while the rest were in more rural areas.

‘Seventeen dwellings were permitted on greenfield sites this quarter,’ the report stated.

‘These permissions include create 11 dwellings (Tertre Lane, Vale) in the Bridge main centre outer area, demolish an outbuilding and erect a dwelling (Route des Clos Landais, St Saviour’s), subdivide and convert a vinery building to create two dwellings (La Route de la Lande, Vale) and convert and extend a packing shed to three dwellings (Les Canus, St Sampson’s), all outside of the centres.

‘Also 15 dwellings were permitted on part-greenfield sites this quarter, these permissions

include erect eight flats and five houses (Guelles Road St. Peter Port) in the Town main centre outer area, demolish and rebuild a dwelling (La Rue du Hamel, Castel), convert an outbuilding to create a dwelling (Les Rouvets Road, Vale) and convert a packing shed to a dwelling (Les Salines Road, St Sampson’s – all outside of the centres.’

The total number of dwellings where construction began in the final quarter was 32, while 19 units of accommodation were completed.

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