‘All parishes will have to supply land for housing’

EVERY parish will have to play its part when it comes to supplying land to address Jersey’s housing crisis, according to one Constable, with another stating that green zones may need to be built on.

Picture: DAVID FERGUSON (27143461)
Picture: DAVID FERGUSON (27143461)

Parishes are currently creating lists of parcels of land which could be included as sites for development in the Island Plan, which will be presented to the States Assembly later this year.

A report last year found that almost 7,000 additional homes could be needed by 2030. And many first-time buyers are struggling to get on the property ladder, with the average price of a property in Jersey being £512,000 in the second quarter of last year, more than double the UK average.

In St Martin, 20 first-time-buyer homes have all been allocated and are set to be occupied later this year.

The parish Constable, Karen Shenton-Stone, said every parish needed to play its part to help with the Island’s housing problem. She said: ‘I have met people this week about identifying pockets of land, and people have come forward.

‘We want to keep St Martin green while also helping with the housing issue, and every parish needs to play its part in this.’

Earlier this month it was confirmed that the Jersey Development Company is to submit plans to build 500 homes at the Waterfront in St Helier and discussions are ongoing about whether some properties will be for first-time buyers.

St Ouen Constable Richard Buchanan revealed that there were 200 to 300 people who had parish connections and had expressed interest in wanting to move to St Ouen. He added, however, that there had not been any new development for a long time. He said: ‘There are around six or seven fields at the moment people have said they will put forward for development, but they will have to be approved by the parish.

‘We want St Ouen to do its best to help, because we have 200 to 300 people who want to move to St Ouen, but we haven’t had development for a long time. We are also looking at sheltered housing.’

St Brelade Constable Mike Jackson said that no sites had been put forward in his parish, but discussions were taking place about making use of what would become the vacant Les Quennevais School site later this year.

He added: ‘There has been nothing come forward in terms of sites. One site that I am looking at – and discussions are in process at the moment about it – is the what will be the former school site. We don’t want it to be sitting there for years and not doing anything, and it could house quite a substantial development.’

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