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Andium Homes has submitted plans for 65 new three bedroom houses on green zone land next to St Peter’s Village.

The development – which will be known as Ville du Manoir – will be built on fields opposite the George de Carteret pub, and alongside Route du Manoir.

If the plans are approved, all the properties will be sold to first-time buyers.

Andium says it is possible they could be ready by the end of 2019, at a price of around £330,000.

The States owned housing company says more than 240 people have already expressed an interest in the scheme.

It adds that those with “strong links” to the parish will be given priority when it comes to selling the homes.

Andium says the properties will have “good sized” private gardens and parking.

Its proposal was developed in partnership with the parish of St Peter, which came up with the idea following an increasing demand for first-time buyer homes in the area.

In a statement, Parish Constable, John Refault said: “The proposed site for the development was selected in consultation with Parishioners and there has been an unprecedented level of support for the development, particularly at the recent Parish Assembly where Andium Homes presented their final proposals”.

The income from fire safety certificate fees for Jersey properties will still only half cover inspection and administration costs even after huge price hikes come into force, the Assistant Home Affairs Minister has said. The cost of a fire safety certificate is due to go up from £80 to £400 by 2020. Last month it emerged that the cost of a fire safety certificate for many properties in the Island is due to rise from the current price of £80 to £400 by 2020. The move sparked a backlash from the likes of the Jersey Hospitality Association, which said it could ‘greatly impact’ on businesses in an already negative economic climate.During a hearing of the Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel yesterday, Home Affairs Minister Kristina Moore was asked by Deputy Louise Doublet whether she thought that the price hikes, which will take place incrementally over the next three years, were ‘reasonable’.

Answering on Deputy Moore’s behalf, her assistant minister, Constable Deidre Mezbourian, said: ‘I think that it is reasonable because we started from a very low baseline. ‘The Fire Service have sent out about 1,000 letters advising of the new charges and there have been very few negative comments. ‘It’s probably because people realise that they have been on a very good thing for a very long time and we are not introducing this immediately. ‘The cost also only covers about half of the cost of the department to deal with the certificates’. Premises which require fire safety certificates in Jersey include hospitals, care homes, ports, hostels, hotels, certain schools that provide accommodation and, since 2013, houses in multiple occupation.

To be awarded a fire safety certificate a property will be assessed by the Fire Service on what prevention measures it has in place, such as smoke alarms, sprinklers and fire escapes, in relation to the size and occupancy of the building. During the hearing, Deputy Doublet also asked Community and Constitutional Affairs chief officer Tom Walker what role his department intended to play in implementing the recommendations of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.Mr Walker said that an ‘inquiry response group’ had been put together. He added that two recommendations they would prioritise would be tackling the negative perception of the ‘Jersey Way’ [how the Island is run] and considering reform of the structure of Jersey’s government, in line with the recommendations of reports produced by Sir Cecil Clothier in 2000 and Lord Carswell in 2010.‘[The group] is formed by senior public servants who are leading the response working on behalf of their departmental ministers [who fall under Community and Constitutional Affairs],’ said Mr Walker. The hearing was also attended by panel member Deputy Tracey Vallois.

 

Local landlords could have to be licensed from as early as next year, as part of a States initiative to get rid of properties that are unsafe or unhealthy.

Properties that do not meet the necessary standards will not be able to be rented out.

Insulation, draftiness, dampness and lighting will be among the items that will be assessed before the property receives the approval of the Department. Once the law comes in place, properties that have not been accredited will not be able to be rented out. 

It follows on to a voluntary scheme Environmental Health introduced this summer. Rent Safe enables landlords to have their property inspected and awarded stars, on the same basis as the Eat Safe scheme for restaurants and cafés.

Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce told a scrutiny panel yesterday that so far the response to the scheme has been very good. He explained: "It is a way of advertising if a property has been checked, tenants will immediately know that a property meets certain standards."

Andy Scate, the Chief Executive Officer at the Environment Department explained that the scheme hoped to drive much better behaviour: "When tenants rent properties who have higher rating, it will put pressure on landlords to achieve a higher rating."

However, panel member Deputy Tracey Vallois asked whether the situation could really involve in that direction when there is no real competition in the housing market.

Deputy Luce replied that the greater the demand, the more properties that shouldn't be rented come into the market and that the idea behind the scheme was to take those properties out of the market. Mr Scate added: "We know there is a massive pressure on housing but it shouldn’t stop us from trying to wiggle out those who have low quality properties that tenants shouldn’t be allowed to rent out."

Landlords who sign up for the Rent Safe scheme today will be offered a discount when the compulsory registration comes into force. The license fee could cost up to £100 for landlords who have achieved low ratings or not registered before then.

However, Deputy Luce said that ultimately the scheme will save tenants' money as it will ensure that properties are not too costly to heat or have low energy lighting.

When the scheme becomes self-funding, the department hopes to use any additional funds "for the benefit of the people" by helping landlords to pay for better boilers or insulation, among other things.

Andy Scate said that the current scheme was not "universally loved" by landlords: "We do need to regulate some of theses activities, if every rented property was great, we wouldn’t need the legislation. On a daily basis, we see some rented properties that really shouldn’t be existing today. This is a consumer driven initiative, it will be a way for landlords to prove their property meet the right standards and will give more power to the tenants."

Fifty seven units have been approved to be built in Jersey Green Zones by the planning department since the beginning of last year, a freedom of information request has revealed.

The term 'green zone' refers to parts of the Island which have a largely intact landscape character and need a high level of protection from development.

In 2016, 27 units were approved, with 30 being given the go ahead so far this year.

CONCERNS about noise, the safety of bus users and ‘poor’ parking have been raised in relation to plans submitted by the Channel Islands Co-op to redevelop a site in Sion.

Subject to planning approval, the Jersey Farmers Trading Union’s Town and Country site on Queen’s Road will be transformed into a supermarket with six petrol pumps and 28 parking spaces. If the plans are approved, it will be the third En Route store the society has opened.

The Co-op has said that if the plans are approved, work to redevelop the 3,500 sq ft site will not start until 12 months later to allow JFTU time to complete their own relocation.

Since plans were submitted to the Planning Department a number of Islanders have raised concerns about the amount of traffic the opening of the new supermarket would generate.

Philip Johnson, who lives near the site, said he has no objections to the shop space and believes a modern retail outlet would benefit the area.

However, he described the proposed parking layout as ‘very poor.’

Commenting on the planning application, he said: ‘The current shop is regularly used by vans, trucks and large 4x4 cars, but the layout and the size of the parking spaces is very restrictive and uses a narrower than recommended parking width for many UK areas. There is little turning space in the top end of the car park and for the places in front of the shop.

‘Using the current JFTU car park is difficult enough and currently people only park on two sides not four. I think the parking layout is very poor.’

He also asked for a number of traffic improvements to be considered including where possible to have pavements on both sides of the road and the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit in the area.

Mark Beer said that the introduction of the Co-op would lead to ‘increased noise and light pollution’ due to longer opening hours than the current hours operated by the JFTU and early morning deliveries.

He said: ‘At present we live in a very quiet peaceful country location as although the JFTU is a retail unit it is of a different type.

‘The proposed site for bin storage is right next to the shared-access road, which increases potential for nasty smells within that area. There is also concern regarding noise from generators and air conditioning units on the premises.’

A comment submitted by Mr M Lincoln, said that he ‘welcomed’ the plans although said the safety of bus users in the area must be given priority.



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