Arzl bought the site from Sandpiper Land for £250,000 in February 2019 but had their application turned down by planning officers – in part due to concerns that occupants might be able to look into the playground of the nearby Plat Douet School.
At the time, it was also feared that the building would be too large, overlook adjacent properties and causing an increase in traffic.
The developers then launched an appeal against the decision but the Planning Committee upheld the refusal. In their revised application, they now say they have addressed the issues raised. However, they claim they have not been able to enter into any dialogue with education officials to deal with the issue of overlooking Plat Douet School.
However, they attached a statement received from the department. It said: ‘Plat Douet School foundation stage playground will be used by approximately 100 children from September 2020. The proposed Arzl development looks directly into this playground and does not appear to include screens or any other measures to reduce the impact on the school.
‘This is a concern from a safeguarding perspective. This concern is compounded by how close the proposed building is to the playground. The Children, Young Persons, Education and Skills Department do not have anything further to add to this comment at this time.’
The planning statement accompanying the latest application now says the footprint of the site has been reduced by 50 sq metres, the terraces of two of the apartments have been relocated to prevent them from overlooking the school with ‘obscure glazing’ used in upper-floor windows and opaque screens. The application also says that fencing and hedges would be used to prevent overlooking of the school at ground level.
It adds that, in pre-submission advice, planning officers now say issues connected to Plat Douet School have now been resolved.
‘The proposed scheme is a result of liaison with the Planning and Education departments and we believe all relevant issues have been resolved in advance of submission of this application,’ it says.