A LANDLORD in St Ouen has lodged an application to remove trees surrounding his properties, which he argues are keeping the homes in the shade and impacting his tenants’ ‘quality of life’.
A condition imposed on applicant Steven Hunt’s previous building application from 2006 stated that the trees around his property must be maintained at a minimum of five metres in height.
Three houses built on Mr Hunt’s land at Maison Fosse au Bois have been ‘adversely affected’ by this condition, he said, leading him to appeal against this as part of a recent planning application.
In a supporting letter, Mr Hunt wrote: ‘I therefore wish to formally appeal against Condition 7v so that my tenants can enjoy a better quality of life inside and outside their homes.
‘It is my view that such a condition would not be permitted today due to the adverse affect on the wellbeing of the occupants who are denied direct natural light all day to their living and dining rooms, limited light to their bedrooms and no sun to the gardens, causing dampness, insufficient air circulation and often sodden grass.’
Mr Hunt added that as part of his application he would be willing to ‘compromise’ by replacing the trees with a fence above an existing block wall which would achieve a privacy height of three metres above ground level.
Currently, there are 26 Leylandii trees around Mr Hunt’s properties, which are located in Route de Vinchelez.