Planners Approve New Visitor Accommodation

Council chambers at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

Council chambers at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

St Mary’s is likely to get new visitor accommodation after planners approved the building of two self-catering units in the garden of a Hugh Town property.

Mr and Mrs Jones of Crebinick House, a grade II-listed guesthouse on Church Street, want to put the single story building, containing two studio apartments, at the rear of their property.

Senior Manager for Infrastructure, Craig Dryden, recommended approval to councillors at Tuesday’s Planning Meeting. He said it wouldn’t impact on the character of the house or affect the neighbouring properties.

And he felt it would help diversify and improve the visitor accommodation on the islands.

The Council’s Economic Development Officer, Julian Pearce, confirmed that ground floor accommodation was sought after by visitors with reduced mobility.

Cllr Christine Savill felt the property wouldn’t have much garden space left once the building was in place although Cllr Richard McCarthy pointed out that the plans showed outdoor areas for the two studios.

It was the main house that was losing out, which was the owners’ choice, he added. Craig said he’d taken a more ‘relaxed’ view on this, because the units were for holidaymakers and not residential.

Councillors voted unanimously to accept the plans.

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