Jersey architect says 'compromise found' on homes plan

A building industry representative has said a compromise has been reached over affordable housing policy in Jersey.

The planning minister wanted developers to be required to offer some cheaper homes as part of any large development.

The scheme was opposed by Deputy Sean Power who felt it would not provide enough houses.

Paul Harding, from the Association of Jersey Architects, said he has had an assurance that the construction industry would help formulate policy.

Mr Harding said that he hoped the compromise would take the "sting" out of the affordable homes policy.

He said: "I have a personal undertaking from Senator Cohen that the association of Jersey architects and the Jersey construction council will be involved in drawing up the affordable housing supplementary planning guidance.

"I very much appreciate his undertaking and that is effectively the compromise solution."

Representatives from the building trade said when the affordable homes proposals were first announced that it would have a negative affect on the value of homes if they had to sell cheaper properties nearby.

Deputy Sean Power arranged a rally at lunchtime outside the States of Jersey, but cancelled it.

He told the States he was cancelling the protest because an agreement had been reached with the Planning Minister, Senator Freddie Cohen.

He said: "The minister, with myself, Deputy Le Claire and Deputy Le Fondre are close to reaching a compromise solution.

"On the complex and vexatious area of affordable housing, I do say the Senator has my trust."

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