St Helier Housing Plan

St Helier Housing Plan

Town Housing Plan

As a relative newcomer to Jersey with my bones steeped in architectural design and development, it comes as something of a relief that Jersey does have at least St Helier constable Simon Crowcroft to champion the cause for a more sustainable approach to urban development.

The millennium town park provides an essential open space in what I understand used to be a grim part of town. It has rejuvenated and transformed the surrounding area into a desirable place to be giving hope that the relentless demand for housing should not come at any cost.

Extending the park will consolidate this vision.

The rather crude proposal to plonk 253 homes on to the neighbouring Gas Place site with the inevitable collateral damage that over development brings, will likely spoil this environmental masterpiece built as recently as 2011 and at considerable cost.

The people living and working in St Helier love it – me included and we are thriving off its benefits.

A suggestion would be to look again at the strict planning policies relating to the protection of employment land. Currently proposals to change derelict, disused or unloved buildings to residential use, is a difficult and frustrating process perhaps taking several years. A more common sense approach for the long forgotten pub or redundant corner shop within a residential area should be a no-brainer.

Such development would surely have a more beneficial effect, help tick off the housing shortfall and thereby reduce the pressure for large developments which, like the Gas Place proposal, is out of scale with the surrounding area.

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Having been educated and grown up in Guernsey and developing a passion for technical design work, information technology and an intrigue for building design and history during his GCSE years, Oliver decided to commence his career in 1999 as an Architectural Technologist with Lovell Ozanne one of the largest architectural practices in the Channel Islands,  During those first inspiring 9 years he gained his BTEC HNC qualification increasing his fundamental experience and developing his knowledge base by working on multi-million pound commercial and residential developments including, Mixed Use and Redevelopment Areas (MURA), offices, apartments and industrial units.  

Moving to the States of Guernsey’s Property Services Team in 2008, Oliver was able to learn invaluable working skills and practices, increasing his expanding skillset in tendering and contract administration, whilst having the opportunity to work on public buildings and the differing challenges brought about by these types of projects. These projects encompassed education premises, States buildings with high security requirements, projects at the airport and harbours and fully accessible health facilities.  Full Accessibility audits for the health facilities became a prominent project for Oliver as his career progressed and he carried out a number of audits and reports for substantial business within the Island.

Now with a total of 21 years’ experience within the industry, his expansive knowledge not only covers all areas of a very vast field, but includes all aspects of a project from inception right through to the final handover of a completed project; which, for Oliver is the most rewarding experience. 

Oliver’s exceptional wealth of knowledge has lead him to gain his chartership with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and was formally invited to become an Interview Assessor for the Institute in 2015, a position limited to only a small number and in which someone can only be invited by the Institute.  Oliver completed the necessary assessor training a few months later.  

Ever striving to continue growing and expanding his professional knowledge, Oliver is a driven member of PF+A and one of the top in his field. With his professional yet friendly approachable nature he is an individual able to facilitate and communicate to clients, contractors, sub-contractors and other third parties to ensure that a project is always the best it can be.  Internally an exceptional trainer to the less experienced members of the team with an ease of teaching methods to ensure an unseamingly level of continuity for their development.

In his spare time Oliver enjoys spending time with his young family of three daughters, experiencing travelling and cultural diversity and of course Guernsey’s beautiful outdoor environment.

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Chloe is the first point of contact in the Guernsey studio. She has moved from a career of more than 20 years in the legal profession to managing a creative environment and its people - a welcome change for her! Her experience and legal background are a great asset for the Group.