Planning application to build 65 new homes on Green Zone land in St Peter in Jersey has been refused.
The Minister for the Environment, Deputy Steve Luce, said his decision was based on careful consideration of the planning inspector’s report and recommendation.
He added that he believes the current proposal - submitted by Andium Homes - is contrary to the States approved Island Plan.
It is clear that this proposal would result in harm to the protected Green Zone, contrary to the Island Plan, and undermine the Plan’s approach to spatial planning and the strategic delivery of housing. This development would harm the local character and natural environment and result in the loss of agricultural land without sufficient justification. The proposal is also premature, as work by the Strategic Housing Unit (SHU) to establish a clear and detailed understanding of the Island’s affordable housing needs has not yet been completed.
The application was subject to a Public Inquiry in March.
An independent planning inspector, Nigel McGurk, presided over the public inquiry and submitted a report with a clear recommendation to refuse the application.
In his report, Mr McGurk said the proposed development should not be permitted due to substantial and significant conflict with the Island Plan andbecause ‘sufficient justification’ to override the provisions of the Island Plan has not been demonstrated.