Majority land owner sought framework

THE draft development framework was prepared after the majority owner of the Pitronnerie Road site approached the Development & Planning Authority in 2018.

The owner of the bigger part of these fields approached the Development & Planning Authority to draw up a draft development framework. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 30266712)
The owner of the bigger part of these fields approached the Development & Planning Authority to draw up a draft development framework. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 30266712)

The site covers approximately 1.6 hectares (9.9 vergees) and includes two landowners.

Work began in 2018 but was stopped following a decision by the DPA to prioritise resources towards allocated sites first.

‘The landowners were informed that this site would not be a priority for the authority, however they were free to work on preparing a document at their own risk,’ said DPA president Deputy Victoria Oliver.

‘The landowner’s agent submitted a draft document for consideration in June of this year. In light of the housing crisis, the authority deemed it appropriate to commit resources to completing this work and to bring forward the draft development framework.

‘While nobody likes to see green fields disappear, because this site is within the main centre outer area it is not otherwise designated or protected, and therefore is suitable in principle for housing development through the Island Development Plan.

‘A development framework will provide guidance on how that development is best achieved and balanced with other interests such as open space, amenity and conservation.

‘With regard to the nearby allocated housing site at La Vrangue, to the west of Rue Thomas, work on completing a draft development framework has been progressed by the authority as a priority following the recent publication of the development framework for the Belgrave Vinery allocated housing site. A draft development framework for this site will be published for consultation in the near future.

‘A range of development opportunities are required in the current circumstances and sites such as that at Pitronnerie Road will play an important role in helping to address the island’s pressing housing needs.

‘A number of proposals for development of brownfield sites are also being brought forward at the present time and States’ assets are being actively considered for development where appropriate.’

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