Concerns about Alderney’s new Housing Strategy came to the fore again in last night’s People’s Meeting.
The strategy, which was formulated by consultants Arup, predicts that 100 new homes will be required in Alderney over the next four years and 400 in the next 20 years.
Alderney’s new Land Use Plan, which zones areas for building and for conservation, is being reviewed next year with the strategy as a guiding principle.
Residents have expressed fears that the Island’s green belt would end up being encroached upon.
Matt Birmingham, who chairs the Building and Development Control Committee and who convened the December People’s Meeting, said her fears were unfounded.
He explained that the purpose of the Housing Strategy report was to look at where the Island would be in 20 years time.
It is founded upon the hope that the economy will improve and that depopulation will reverse, and a sustainable population of 3,000 people will be achieved.
Mrs Neill said she did not expect to be alive in 20 years time but said she would make a note of Mr Birmingham’s comments for her grandchildren to read.