Public inquiry to assess St John’s first-time buyer home proposals
A PLAN to build a number of first-time buyer homes and school playing fields on green zone land in St John will be assessed at a public inquiry, it has been revealed.
It follows an announcement of the scheme last month by Constable Chris Taylor, who said ‘only an idiot’ would turn the plans down.
According to a planning application, each of the three-bedroom properties would be sold by Andium Homes for around £330,000 and built at no cost to the taxpayer.
Now St John Deputy Trevor Pointon has said that although the inquiry could cause a delay, it was important the planning process was respected.
Asked if he was confident that the planning inspector would recommend that the application be approved, he said: ‘Nothing is certain in this world. If there is to be a planning process and we are doing something outside of the planning rules [the Island Plan] by building on green-zone fields, I think it is right that there is an inquiry. If there is a delay then there is a delay – it is what it is. This has been going on for more than a couple of years so we need to get it right.’
Deputy Pointon added: ‘This would be a huge benefit to the community and it would also provide much-needed housing in the parish.’
The planning inspector presiding over the public inquiry will make a recommendation to the Environment Minister about whether the plans should be approved or refused. The minister then makes the final decision.
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