New Annex Will Allow Owners To Retire

hugh town from garrisonPlanners have approved an extension to a three-bedroomed house on St Mary’s, to create a separate residential annex.

Chris and June Jones say they need to spend more time on the mainland for health reasons and would like to downsize to the new one-bed annex. Their daughter and family will be able to move into the existing house, Amaryllis, at Buzza Hill.

If they can’t provide accommodation for their daughter, she’ll require local needs housing, they say.

June suffered a life threatening heart attack 18 months ago and, in their application, they say they’re concerned about the long-term provision of healthcare on the islands.

The Jones’s, who own Bell Rock Hotel, also say that their business is declining, with older visitors not being replaced, and after 50 years of work they’d like to retire.

They say approval of a camera obscura at Buzza Tower, which is adjacent to the property, has also added to their worry.

“We were planning a quieter life,” they say, “and having this uncertainty and disruption has been very disappointing.”

Planning officer Harriet Bowen said the annex was appropriate an in-keeping with the property and recommended approval, although conditions will be attached to ensure it can’t be sold off separately in the future.

Cllr Richard McCarthy supported the approval. He said it was a substantial extension but tucked away under the rear of the property.

And he said the case the owners make for the building is strong.