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Dandara to build 63 homes on Co-op site at Beaumont

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PLANS for 63 new homes on a redundant retail and warehouse site at Beaumont have been approved by the Planning Committee.

The proposed development of flats by Dandara on the Total Sport site at Beaumont

Shortly after the decision, the Channel Islands Co-operative Society announced the sale of the site to property developers Dandara, who submitted the application.

The passing of the plans comes a year after the Co-op and Dandara unveiled proposals for the scheme at a public exhibition.

Co-op chief executive Colin Macleod said: ‘The former Total Sport site and the surrounding buildings have reached the end of their life as a useful retail space, and we are pleased that Dandara is in a position to invest in the significant regeneration of the Beaumont site.

‘The Society remains committed to the [nearby] Locale site and supports the reinvestment in this popular area, which will breathe new life into Beaumont.’

At its monthly meeting held at St Paul’s Centre this week, the committee, chaired by St Mary Constable Juliette Gallichan, gave its unanimous approval for 19 one-bedroom and 44 two-bedroom flats in three blocks.

The Co-op bought the complex of buildings on the edge of Goose Green Marsh in 1950. It has been redundant since Total Sport closed in 2015.

The warehouse complex includes a bakery built by the Germans during the Occupation which Dandara will refurbish as part of the new development to create a new commercial unit.

Planning director Peter Le Gresley said: ‘Mrs Gallichan was very pleased with the amount of pre-consultation carried out by the applicant, which considerably eased the path of this significant proposal for Beaumont.

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‘The committee was pleased that the proposal would result in a safer reconfiguration of parking and delivery facilities and that it represents an appropriate balance between the protection of heritage and the provision of new homes.’

Mrs Gallichan was sitting with Deputies Russell Labey, Jeremy Maçon and Graham Truscott.

The development will also include underground parking below the flats for 47 cars, with an additional 18 spaces outside.. The new development site will provide public parking for more than 100 vehicles and 27 for shoppers using the nearby Co-op Locale store.

Dandara has also committed to improving pedestrian access through the site by widening footpaths, and improving road safety with new vehicle access routes through the site and creating a pedestrian crossing.

In recommending the application for approval, case officer John Nicholson said: ‘This proposal represents a comprehensive redevelopment not only of an unattractive commercial building to create attractive residential units, but it will also improve a public car park and access through the site, and to the adjacent supermarket.

‘The site is in a very sustainable location where a range of modes of transport are available, and the development also avoids any unreasonable impact on adjoining properties.’

Paula Thelwell

By Paula Thelwell
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