A period of 18 months’ exclusivity has been offered to Braye Harbour Developments to progress plans for a 250-berth marina at the eastern end of Braye Bay.
At this week’s People’s Meeting however residents questioned the demand for the homes the developer wanted to build in exchange for construction of the facility.
The terms of a letter sent by the States of Alderney Chief Executive’s Office to Mr Gordon Owen offer a period for Braye Harbour Developments to draft plans.
The exclusive arrangement will give the developers confidence to invest money in researching plans within the parameters of the geography of that part of the bay and legal and policy parameters set out in the Land Use Plan and Building law. The States has indicated it will commission planning specialist Arup to help them assess any proposals.
The information was elicted from the States at this week’s People’s Meeting and residents discussed the issue.
Graham McKinley said the first stage of the marina, which will be enclosed by two breakwater arms will be built before the homes. Developers, he said, were talking of ‘a small number of homes’ which would have berths attached.
James Dent said that the developer was to absorb all of the financial risk of development.
Mr McKinley also stressed that they were not at this point asking for any money from the States of Alderney.
Nick Winder asked if there was in fact demand for more homes, especially the deluxe variety ensvisioned by marina developers.
‘We’ve got large properties on the Butes unfilled and they talking about building more.
‘I’m not raising any objections to marina plans. But I’m not convinced research has been done around the need for the homes.
‘Graham seems to be saying that because they are taking the risk it’s all right. But it’s another chunk of green land going under concrete.
‘If we think it’s too much and it isn’t what the Island needs, we have to say no to them.’
Mr McKinley said more would be known about their proposals for property development in six months, the end of the first stage of their exclusivity agreement.
Louis Jean said he was confident about a marina’s ability to create work and attract wealth.
‘Anything near a marina will attract yachtsmen. It’s time for modern, up to date facilities here for boats.’