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Joint venture could see key worker and private housing at Oberlands

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Thursday 30 November 2023

The States of Guernsey has supported the Guernsey Housing Association (GHA) in securing an agreement with Infinity Construction Limited (Infinity) for the development of 21 units of accommodation on the Oberlands field site on Oberlands Road.

The agreement would see the GHA purchase 15 completed one-bedroom apartments from Infinity, that it would rent for key worker housing, whilst Infinity would also build six properties for the private housing market.

The site is ideally located for people working at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital and, together with developments on the Domaine des Moulins and Braye Lodge sites, will greatly assist the recruitment of key workers to help the island continue to deliver essential health services.

Vic Slade, Chief Executive, Guernsey Housing Association said,

'This joint venture with Infinity to create both private and key worker housing is an exciting opportunity to work in a new way.

It gives assurance over contractor availability and shares the responsibility for delivering the units at the required standards, on time, within budget.

If this model is successful, this could be an approach that may be followed on other sites owned by the GHA that would see the development of both affordable housing and private market housing alongside each other.'

Deputy Peter Roffey, President of the Committee for Employment & Social Security said,

'This deal between the GHA and Infinity is great news. 

The site is in the perfect location for health key worker housing. It's a win-win arrangement that not only adds, subject to planning permission being granted, 15 more key worker units on top of the proposed 57 units the GHA recently submitted to Planning at Domaine des Moulins, but also includes six new units for the private sector, helping with much needed supply in that market too.'

Paul Nobes Managing Director of Infinity Construction Limited said,

'This is a wonderful opportunity for Infinity Construction Limited to work with the GHA, and indirectly the States of Guernsey, that will see the delivery of much needed key worker and private housing units to the Island.  

The site is perfect for a mixed tenure development. We believe, and hope, that this type of joint venture will prove to be a new and effective way of working and will be the template for public/private partnerships of this nature going forward across other housing development sites.'

The site already has planning permission, but Infinity has submitted a revised planning application to ensure that the needs of key workers will also be met in this development. 

It is estimated that the build will take 18 months and work on site could begin as early as Spring 2024, subject to planning permission being granted.

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