Gas Place land 'should be used to extend Town Park'

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LAND at Gas Place earmarked for housing should be bought by the States to extend the Millennium Town Park in compensation for the large number of homes being built in and around St Helier, the parish's Constable says.

Simon Crowcroft has confirmed that he is preparing to lodge a proposition asking the States to negotiate a price – likely to be in the millions – for the Tunnell Street site, which currently houses Jersey Gas's disused gasometer, staff accommodation and other units.

The plot of land, which was at the heart of a planning dispute earlier this year in which neighbours successfully overturned plans to build 285 homes there, has again provoked controversy. This week, Brookfield Asset Management's reduced proposals – to build 253 homes at the site – were published, leading to fresh criticism from residents of Tunnell Street, who say that the development would still lead to a loss of light and privacy for them.

Now Mr Crowcroft says he will renew his efforts to persuade his political colleagues to buy the land when the latest set of plans have been through the planning process.

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