Plans approved for Shell Garden site

A FOUR-bedroom house is to be built on the site of one of Jersey’s well-known former tourist attractions – after the States Planning Committee approved the development.

The Shell Garden
The Shell Garden

The property – on the site of the old Shell Garden – is due to be laid out over three tiers and will feature two terraces. It follows three previous applications – with two being withdrawn and one being refused.

During the Planning meeting, it was said that the development had now been set further back from the road to blend in more with the green nature of the area.

Steven Traynor, who lives in the property below the site, said that he supported the application but then spoke at length about concerns he had with road safety at the site and visibility for drivers exiting the property.

The site’s owner, Louise Evans, also spoke, adding that the proposed design had been remodelled so that the building blended in more with its surroundings.

‘I wanted it to blend into the nature of the area rather than stand out like that last one,’ she said. ‘If we do not go ahead with this, I still have a container of shells so we could rebuild the old site.’

However, Planning Committee chairman Russell Labey was opposed to that idea, and voted in favour of the redevelopment. ‘I very much hope the container of shells is disposed of and never sees the light of day again,’ he said.

Deputies Graham Truscott, Scott Wickenden, Jeremy Maçon, Rowland Huelin, Kirsten Morel and Constable Deirdre Mezbourian also voted in favour of the application.

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