Plans approved to build almost 200 flats in St Helier

Former Planning offices at South Hill Picture: ROB CURRIE. (37555594)

PLANNING permission has been granted for two major housing developments in St Helier.

Assistant Environment Minister Mike Jackson has today given the go-ahead for the Jersey Development Company’s plans to build 139 apartments on the site of the former Planning offices on South Hill.

He has also approved plans for more than 50 apartments on the site of the Savoy Hotel.

The approval was given after Mr Jackson backed appeals against previous decisions to rejected the schemes.

He said: “Following careful consideration of the independent planning inspector’s reports on the appeals for both South Hill and Hotel Savoy, and revisions from the applicants to both schemes overcoming the original reasons for refusal, I am pleased to accept the recommendations on both appeals and therefore grant planning permission, subject to a number of conditions and planning obligations.

“The conditions set out will secure the provision of affordable housing in the developments, and improvements to the sustainable transport network and public realm. In the case of South Hill, there will also be requirement for a new children’s playground, new public toilets, and for the use of the listed barracks building to be retained as a community facility for residents of the new development.

“The schemes will yield just under 200 much needed homes for the Island, and in the case of South Hill, make much better use of a dis-used site.”

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