Chief Minister supports Green Acres plan

22nd September 2014

Guernsey’s Chief Minister, Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, is supporting in principle plans to convert the former Green Acres Hotel into a specialist dementia care home.

The Guernsey Press reports the Chief Minister as speaking on his own behalf and saying there is a clear need for a dementia care home in Guernsey. He also recognises the need for increased and enhanced hotel facilities but says this will not be achieved simply by being inflexible on development and land use issues.

This comes at the same time as the Housing Department Minister, Deputy Dave Jones, is inviting owners of prospective social housing sites to explore development possibilities. He later adds in the Guernsey Press report that, looking further ahead, the introduction of planning covenants in the new Island Development Plan would increase the supply of affordable housing.

Cooper Brouard Director, Matt Brouard, is quoted in the report as stressing the need for lower-priced housing. Developers are discouraged from building new houses with few first-time buyers coming forward due to the reluctance of mortgage lenders. This compounds a growing problem.