Guernsey planners have approved the possibility of a St Peter Port hotel being demolished and replace with housing.
The Development Framework for the Hotel Donchoille on Guelle Road, just up from Amherst Primary School, follows a consultation which raised a raft of concerns about any redevelopment.
The main concerns focused on increased traffic, road safety, parking, space for extra pupils at Amherst, plus biodiversity and planting on site.
Having listened to concerns, the framework allows for around 10 homes to be built, though the plan acknowledged there could actually be more depending on the design.
Outlining the reasoning, the finished report states: “To achieve 10 or more dwellings on this site would require a density range equivalent to around 80 dwellings per hectare. This development framework in itself does not require that proposals meet this density, but nor does it exclude that possibility.”
“The exact number of units on site will depend on the detailed design response to the specifics of this site, including provision of appropriate amenity space proportionate to the type of housing proposed, the provision of parking, and the consideration of residential amenity. This may result in an acceptable development of more, or less, than 10 units on the site.”
There is existing planning permission to build homes on the site. That permission lapses in June this year.
You can read the full policy document here.