Monday 13 August 2018
The Development Framework for a potential residential development at Briarwood, La Grande Rue in the parish of St Martin has been approved by the Development & Planning Authority.
The Development Framework provides planning guidance on how the site might be developed by setting out how policies in the Island Development Plan will be applied to the site. The site is within the St Martin Local Centre where residential development is supported in principle.
The draft Development Framework was subject to a six week public consultation period and a limited number of responses were received. Additional comments were received from a range of consultees including States Committees/Agencies and other public bodies. The main concerns focused on:
- Principle of additional housing in this area;
- Potential to develop alternative brownfield sites for housing/loss of open agricultural land;
- Potential to develop site for additional community facilities;
- Density and mix of housing;
- Capacity of St Martin's School;
- Sensitivity of the school premises;
- Residential amenity;
- Traffic & Highway issues;
- Importance of the public car park;
- Provision of adequate private car parking;
- Contaminated land;
- Impact on surface and ground water;
- Impact on wildlife.
All of the matters raised were fully considered by the Authority and a number of minor amendments were made to the draft in response to the comments received before the Final Framework was approved.
The exact number of housing units on site will depend on the detailed design response to the specifics of this site. Developments are expected to make the most efficient and effective use of land. This is to ensure that the design has been considered and presents the best possible solution and includes an appropriate provision of integrated amenity space. However, in order to ensure land is used efficiently it is anticipated the site would be able to accommodate a density range of 20-30 dwellings per hectare, which is approximately 15-22 dwellings on this site. The actual number may however be higher or lower depending on the details of a proposal.
The Planning Service would like to thank all respondents for their interest and engagement in the preparation of the Development Framework. The Development Framework together with the 'Report of the Consultation Responses to the Briarwood Draft Development Framework' can be accessed via the States of Guernsey website at www.gov.gg/planningandbuilding on the "Development Frameworks" page under the "Policies & Conservation" heading or copies of the Development Framework are available to view at the Planning Service Reception at Sir Charles Frossard House, La Charroterie, St Peter Port.