States To Release Funds For Ann Court Housing

Calls for the States to release a £37.8 million loan for Andium Homes to create social housing at Ann Court have been approved.

The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, put the project on hold last year, with the site earmarked for new States of Jersey offices.
St Martin Deputy and former Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, lodged a proposition to have the money released and allow Andium to begin the project.
Andium Homes' plans include 165 homes, four commercial units and 137 shoppers' parking spaces.
The Housing Minister, Senator Sam Mezec, told the States Assembly this morning he 'unequivocally' supports the Deputy's proposition and wants to see Andium's plans go ahead:
"Having taken as long as it has taken to get to this point where we're literally ready to start building and providing decent homes in that part of town - as we have meant to have been looking to do for the last decade - I think it would be really sad to lose that opportunity and potentially delay more and more social housing for people to live in."
In this evening's vote, it was approved by 26 votes to 20 against.