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Will apartments help Plat Douet antisocial behaviour?

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AN abandoned St Saviour bungalow could be demolished and replaced with a three-storey block consisting of five one-bedroom apartments – subject to planning approval.

Picture: JON GUEGAN. (25195934)

And developers have claimed that the project could help with antisocial behaviour issues because it would lead to ‘greater surveillance of the area’.

The proposed development, called Arzl, is due to be built on Plat Douet Road in between the Samuel Le Riche House office building – which was approved for conversion into 22 apartments last month – and Plat Douet School.

A design statement accompanying the application said: ‘The existing abandoned bungalow on the site is of no architectural significance and is in a poor state of repair.

‘The building is detached and consists of a single storey of residential use with a large hipped roof.

‘On the eastern section of the site there are a number of ramshackle outbuildings and stores. It is our opinion that the existing building sits on a plot which offers an opportunity to improve the character of the area and bring greater efficiency to the use of this built-up zone site.’

The design statement also adds that there is an issue with nuisance and antisocial behaviour within the Plat Douet area, and that the new development could help to ease this.

Figures from the States police are mentioned within the statement, which shows that there were five nuisance or antisocial behaviour incidents in the Plat Douet area in 2016, 25 in 2017 and ten in 2018.

The design statement says: ‘It should be noted that the proposed intensification of use would result in greater surveillance of the area, especially in evenings – a peak time of nuisance and antisocial behaviour – therefore limiting those activities from occurring.’

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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