Plans for 150 'sustainable' homes at South Hill unveiled

PLANS for 150 new 'sustainable' homes have been unveiled for the former Planning Offices at South Hill.

Picture: JDC
Picture: JDC

The proposals – submitted by the States of Jersey Development Company and architect firm FCBStudios – will be the subject of a public consultation which runs until 14 May.

JDC have said they expect to submit a planning application later this year for the development, which is also set to include a redesign of the nearby children's playground, a courtyard and a new public café. There will be 150 'low-energy', 'sustainable' one-, two- and three-bedroom units, the company has said.

JDC have appointed landscape specialists Gillespies to improve pedestrian and cycle connectivity.

Lee Henry, JDC managing director, said: 'We’re delighted to be working with the principal architect FCBStudios and landscape architect Gillespies on this prestigious project. The South Hill site offers an amazing opportunity for a new residential development that maximises the views across the harbour and Elizabeth Castle to Noirmont. Our ambition is for the development to be an environmental exemplar and these buildings will set a new standard in low energy homes locally and will support the Government of Jersey’s target for carbon neutrality by 2030.'

To support first-time buyers, the scheme will allow the 10% deposit to be paid in instalments over the period of construction.

Andy Theobald, partner at FCBStudios, said: 'South Hill is an unrivalled location, and as such, requires a very specific design response. We propose a carefully integrated series of landscape inspired buildings that maintain the openness of the site and provides exceptional views for the residents. The buildings evoke the character of Mount Bingham’s granite rock face through their gravity, tonality and texture which is further enhanced by the extensively planted balconies. The existing listed building is retained within an exciting new courtyard space and is linked with the adjacent play park.'

He added that the project has a high 'environmental agenda' and targets low carbon use which will be an 'exemplar for Jersey'.

A competition is being launched to help design the park with children under 12 set to be invited to describe what their dream park would look like. The winners will receive prizes and National Book Vouchers for their school.

An area of South Hill has previously been earmarked as a potential site for a skate park.

The proposals can be viewed and commented on at www.southhilldevelopment.je.

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