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Plans submitted for four two-bed apartments in bay

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A THREE-bedroom house in St Brelade’s Bay could be demolished and replaced with four two-bedroom apartments – if planning permission is given.

The site of the proposed development is in the middle of the image, immediately to the right (east) of the white and grey apartment block. Picture: JON GUEGAN. (28780710)

According to a planning application, lodged by William Layzell, director of London-based Layzell Architects, the five-storey development – called Chalet des Arbres – features a roof terrace and underground parking.

However, a similar scheme, submitted in 2018, to also build four two-bedroom apartments on the site, was refused by the Planning Committee after it was deemed that the proposed development had an unreasonable impact on the backdrop to the north of the site and that it would be overbearing on residents to the south.

It was also claimed the increased level of occupancy of the site could constitute overdevelopment and the application was refused despite being recommended for approval by planning officers. Now, Mr Layzell has developed a revised scheme which features a reduced floor area, altered external appearance and improved landscaping.

And according to a design statement accompanying the application, developers also worked with the St Brelade’s Bay Association – a group aimed at protecting the area from overdevelopment – to devise plans which were more sympathetic to the bay.

These included reducing the overall height of the building by 2.6 metres.

‘Secondly, we have changed the timber cladding to a less charred cladding which gives a mixture of warmer, timber tones,’ the design statement says.

‘We propose that the final selection is subject to a planning condition and samples will be distributed for agreement prior to installation.

‘We believe that our proposal for Chalet des Arbres meets their [SBBA’s] principal concerns. It complies with policies of the Green Backdrop Zone, it is sympathetic to its context, it does not detract from the visual amenity of the bay, it is locally relevant and contains, within its design, a strong sense of place. And crucially, it goes some small way towards repairing its architectural harmony.’

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Meanwhile, plans have also been submitted by Paul Roberts to build a six-bedroom house on the site of a four-bedroom property overlooking Ouaisné.

According to the plans for the site, called Rochemount, located at Les Ruisseaux, the new development will feature an outdoor swimming pool and lift.

However, no accompanying design statement has so far been made available.

A separate application to build an adjacent two-bedroom ‘gatehouse’ has also been submitted for the same site.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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