I had great meeting with Paul Harding of BDK Architects this morning and he took the opportunity to tell me about the reasons why the Plemont development as currently proposed is a good deal for the island and islanders. In summary these are:
1) The development will return of 2/3rds of the site (16.19 vergees) to public open landscape at no cost to Public. This will realise the biggest privately donated public open landscape in last 100 years.
2) There will be a major restoration of landscape character.
3) There will be substantial Environmental improvements / demonstrable gains
4) Removal of a massive "eyesore" - eliminating 9,660 m2 buildings present on site from the area closest to the neighbouring headland and drawing back any buildings from the northern part of the site.
5) Significant contribution to the character of the area by replacing a substantial set of buildings alien to this locality with a significantly smaller set of traditional rural houses having local relevance of design and materials.
6) Significant reduction in visual impact of buildings.
7) Positive contribution to the repair and restoration of the landscape and seascape character of the area.
8) Substantial reduction in the amount and extent of any development - a 70.74% reduction in extent of developed land (buildings plus hard-standings) down to 5,965 m2 and a 40.78% reduction in gross habitable floor area (including garages & carports) down to 5,720 m2.
9) Significant reductions in mass, scale and built floorspace - comprising a 70.74% reduction in extent of developed land (buildings plus hard-standings) down to 5,965 m2 and a 40.78% reduction in gross habitable floor area (including garages & carports) down to 5,720 m2.
10) Significant reduction in nature and intensity of use - comprising reduction of 66.24% in site occupancy from a current capacity for accommodating 548 persons down to a maximum 196 person bed capacity in the proposed 28 houses.
11) Increase in number of housing units available in the island.
He has convinced me and I really hope that these plans get approved in the near future.
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