Plan for 262 homes in St Helier to be decided on this week

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A MAJOR redevelopment scheme in the north of town – which would include building 262 homes – is due to go before the Planning Committee on Thursday.

The group of politicians, led by the Constable of Trinity, Philip Le Sueur, will determine an application from Dandara, which is hoping to develop the former Ann Street Brewery site on behalf of Andium Homes.

The plan has been recommended for approval by the Planning officer assigned to the application. If approved, a number of buildings will be demolished and replaced with 172 one-bedroom, 85 two-bedroom and five three-bedroom social-rented apartments.

The application also includes refurbishing and extending Sans Souci, a property on St Saviour’s Road, which will become a new headquarters for Autism Jersey.

Meanwhile, Belmont House, on the corner of Simon Place and Ann Street, would be refurbished as a café on the ground floor with two apartments above.

The old brewhouse next door would be refurbished and extended as a micro-brewery and offices.

Ann Street Brewery plans. Supplied by: Andium Homes (35258722)

Another property, 12 Simon Place, would also be refurbished and enlarged to create two one-bedroom and five three-bedroom apartments. It is planned to retain five of the seven listed buildings on the site.

The brewery moved from Ann Street to Longueville in 2004. Since then, the seven-vergée site has been mostly empty and boarded up, with areas already cleared used for parking.

Andium – the taxpayer-owned social-housing provider – purchased the site for an undisclosed amount in 2017.

Following discussions with Planning, the applicant made a number of changes earlier this month, including reducing one block in Ann Street from six storeys to five and retaining more heritage features in the old brewhouse.

In recommending approval, Planning officer Jonathan Durbin wrote: ‘The delivery of a substantial number of new dwellings, including the replacement of poor-quality and thermally inefficient structures, is a significant benefit of the proposal.

‘Furthermore, while the site is presently open, it is nonetheless within town and therefore built-form is a predominant physical characteristic of this locality.

‘Given this context, and having regard to the overall scale and density proposed, it is considered that this scheme would appropriately respect the character and appearance of the locality.’

Other applications to be considered by the Planning Committee on Thursday include extending the permission of The Hideout to stay at La Pulente for another year, and considering an application to build agricultural workers’ accommodation in St Mary.

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