Planning rejects Plat Douet plans

A PLANNING application to demolish a ‘dilapidated’ bungalow in Plat Douet Road and replace it with an apartment complex has been refused.

Arzl in Plat Douet Road Picture: JON GUEGAN. (26808328)
Arzl in Plat Douet Road Picture: JON GUEGAN. (26808328)

Arzl Ltd, owner of the property of the same name, had sought to build five one-bedroom apartments with storage space and parking on the site.

However, the Planning Department refused to give permission for the development due to concerns from the nearby primary school, as well as fears that it could be harmful to the character of the St Saviour area.

A report explaining the department’s decision says: ‘The existing bungalow is in a dilapidated condition, and the redevelopment of the site – increasing the residential yield – is considered to be acceptable in principle.

‘The concerns raised by nearby neighbours regarding the impact on their residential amenity are acknowledged. The traffic and parking implications of the development are considered to be acceptable.

‘However, the department is concerned at the scale and mass of the building as proposed, with the building footprint extending almost to the edge of the site on three sides. There are also concerns regarding the overlooking impact on the school to the immediate south.’

The application also attracted a letter of objection from Peter Horsfall, representing the Children, Young People, Education and Skills Department, who said that the proposed first and second floors of the apartments looked ‘directly’ into Plat Douet School’s playground.

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