Parish of St Martin Housing Association
The St Martin’s Conservation & Development Plan, drafted by a Committee set up at the invitation of I.D.C in 1989 by the then Connétable Mr Stanley de la Haye, and later approved by the States in December 1993, recommended at paragraph 2.1:
· That the Parish implement the development of old persons’ homes
· States Loan family houses and starter homes within the rezoned areas.
On the 7th December 1993 the States approved the St Martin’s Village Conservation and Development Plan. A Parish Assembly was held on Wednesday 5th January 1994 where parishioners approved by overwhelming majorities that:
a) Two areas of land be purchased by the Parish
b) That an “Association” be formed, to be known as “The Parish of St Martin Housing Association”, to be legally independent of the Parish, and to transfer the land at (a) above to that Association.
The Association was incorporated in 1994, with the Objects of the Association “to provide residential accommodation and any ancillary amenities by whatever mode of tenure it shall have from time to time deem appropriate for persons native to or resident in the Island of Jersey and in particular persons having a close connection with the Parish of St Martin, and to provide assistance whether financial or otherwise for the provision of such accommodation”.
The Constitution of the Association requires that there are at least five members and the first members comprised of the Comité Paroissial at the time. The Connétable was to be Chairman and that role has remained with subsequent Connétables upon their election to office.
The current Treasurer is Mr Terry Jehan who has held that post since the Association was formed. The position of Honorary Secretary is currently vacant. The Constitution also allows for a Management Committee comprising the Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and two other members of the Association.
The current St Martin’s Housing Association Committee is as follows:-
Chairman: Michel Le Troquer
Treasurer: Mr Terry Jehan.
Secretary: Mr Derek Ferguson
Mr John Poole & Mr John Germain (who are also the current Management Committee members) + Connetable Karen Shenton Stone, Deputy Steve Luce, Procureurs Mr Peter Germain and Mr Lester Richardson; Parish Rector, Gerry Baudains; Mr Gerald Le Cocq; Mr Silva Yates; Centenier Peter Searle; and Mr Nelson (Bob) Le Cornu.
During their existence the Housing Association have been responsible for the Rue de la Haye development of thirty one homes on the land transferred from the Parish which were sold to individuals with Parish connections, chosen by the Connétable and Procureurs, at an approximate 25% discount on market values, with the imposition of a claw back refund to the Association in cases of resale that occurred within a period of ten years.
Following publication of the Island Plan 2002, which restricted further development by its terms, the Housing Association continued to press the Planning Department for the Review of the St Martin’s Village Conservation & Development Plan.
The concept of the new Island Plan is to safeguard and has actually extended “green zones” around the Island. However the Plan allows for parochial authorities to undertake and develop their own “Village Study” or “Plan” to clearly demonstrate a justifiable need for any new development. The Plan states that such studies need the full engagement of the local community as it recognises the need to protect the viability and vitality of the smaller rural Parishes like St Martin.
It is fortunate that the Parish of St Martin already have an experienced Housing Association, with knowledge gained from previous developments, to allow them to progress any future developments within the Parish if that is to be the wish of the parishioners.
August 2013 - updated with current Committee details 16/06/2015 & 1 /10/2015
First Time Buyers may apply by completing the attached: St Martin's Housing Application form August 2015.doc - forms are also available from the Public Hall
Completed forms should be sent to :
St Martin's Housing Association
c/o St Martin's Public Hall
Rue de la Croix au Maitre
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Le Court Clos "H" Trust & The Parish of St Martin Sheltered Housing Trust
Parish of St Martin
The Le Court Clos "H" Trust & The Parish of St Martin Sheltered Housing Trust
Le Court Clos, St Martin is a complex of 27 homes that are administered by one of two Trusts. The Le Court Clos "H" Trust was established in 1981 and comprises of 6 homes and the "Parish of St Martin Sheltered Housing Trust" was established in 2001 and comprises the remaining twenty-one homes.
Le Court Clos is situated off La Longue Rue, St Martin and although often referred to as a "sheltered housing" the residents do not have a resident caretaker, warden or nurse to oversee the complex. It is however a close knit community where neighbours tend to support each other as and when the need arises. One of the residents maintains details of the next of kin for each of the residents and also details of their individual medical practitioners. Each home has an easily maintained garden but a number of the residents occasionally employ a gardener. The communal garden areas are maintained through the Trusts.
Enquiries are received on a regular basis at St Martin's Public Hall from people seeking information about parish sheltered housing, whether they fit the criteria for the conditions of the Trusts and if so, seeking information as to the application procedure. These notes have been prepared to assist those who may be facing an immediate housing problem and who would like to move into accommodation at Le Court Clos as soon as possible or for others who wish to be considered for a home at some future date.
The Trustees are bound by the Clauses of the Trust. These are quite specific for both Trusts. One Trust is for "elderly" residents who have been resident in the Parish and the other is for those who were born in the Parish or who have "long residence within the Parish" and who are "elderly, impoverished, infirm or disabled".
Although there are likely to be many who would like to be offered a home at the Le Court Clos complex the Constitution simply does not allow this to happen and such applications have to be declined.
Tenancy information is available from the Parish Secretary but the most usual queries relate to smoking (smoking is not permitted in the homes), parking (each home has one parking space and there are visitor spaces as well as nearby parking) and whether pets are allowed (each application is taken on its merits but normally allows those who have a small dog or cat before they move to the complex to retain that animal for the remainder of its life). The rents for all the homes are identical and rise annually in line with the Retail Price Index. Tenants are responsible for their electric and water bills as well as "occupier rates".
Many of the original residents still remain at Le Court Clos and few vacancies arise. The Trustees review the waiting list each and every time a vacancy arises. The circumstances and housing urgency for each applicant is assessed at that time. The Trusts maintain a record of applicants and there has always been a "waiting list".
If you are interested and wish to apply then please obtain an application form from the Public Hall or access from here: Le Court Clos application form 2015.docx, complete and forward, under confidential cover, to:
The Le Court Clos Trustees
c/o St Martins Public Hall
Rue de la Croix au Maitre