Pumping station to be turned into the smallest of houses?

The design of the proposed new home

THE Gorey area is steeped in history, but it could have a new local landmark if Planning approve an application to build one of the smallest houses in Jersey.

Permission is being sought to demolish an old granite pumping station at the top of Mont de Gouray in St Martin and replace it with a glass-fronted three-story contemporary home on a plot measuring just 500 square feet.

It may not have much of a footprint, but the design incorporates two parking spaces at street level with a study/bedroom at the back, two bedrooms and shower room on the first floor and an open-plan kitchen/lounge area on the second level. The house will be topped with a roof garden surrounded with a glass balustrade.

The site is sandwiched between a set of public steps leading up to Mont de la Guerande and a neighbouring property and the application has been submitted by the former chairman of Jersey Heritage, John de Veulle, and his wife, Bridget, who live in a property above the pumping station.



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Comments for: "Pumping station to be turned into the smallest of houses?"

The Crimson Horse Blanket

Being a former chairman of Jersey Heritage, you might think that Jurat de Veulle would know better than to propose this unsightly mess.

My bet, however, is that it will nonetheless be passed.

Mr Sensible

One rule for one etc, will mr schofield protect the old pumping station, part of jerseys heritage, just like the airport arrivals building


Yet another ghastly design that has no place in Jersey. The fact ex-jurat de Veulle is involved should be no surprise, given the damage he did to gorey castle whilst chairman.

The Crimson Horse Blanket

The word "icon" or "landmark" within a description is generally a term which indicates to the public that the proposal is unsightly.

This proposal will undoubtedly become a landmark if it is permitted. Taxi drivers and others will be directed to drive "up the hill and past the plate glass monstrosity on the right".

For decades into the future, members of the public will pause to wonder how the carbuncle was allowed. Architects' practices will meanwhile cite it and other similar eyesores as a precedent in legal and town planning terms, thus perpetuating the insult to the landscape.

Island Strife

Time to get out and voice our opinions people.

This is a disgrace and shouldn't be allowed.

Disgusting two faced behaviour of the ex president who was tasked to promote and look after our heritage.

Everybody need's to voice their disapproval at this and prevent it at all costs.

C Le Verdic

Never mind the pumping station, what happened to the traditional wayside pump which used to be there before it was shrouded in Ronez 'granite' building blocks?

Sotte Voce

Unfortunately, this type of monstrosity has already appeared in several places;

- there is the disgusting mess at the old "Amy House" site at St Catherine, a mock office building at Fliquet (standing where a much smaller dwelling was) and what seems to be some sort of prefabricated industrial unit at Archirondel, the latter having recently been built on an historic site that was sold by the States without, it seems, any restriction on such development.

One has to wonder what is really going on.


Money talks - if you are a Jersey person (not an 'islander') you have obstacles thrown in your way. A few £100m and you can have what you want -

Ugly, poor taste £25m house in Trinity

The hideous over development of the small fort in St Ouen mirrored by the ugly and out of place two house built opposite Jersey Pearl