National Trust backs bid to extend national parkland

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THE National Trust for Jersey has backed calls to increase the size of a proposed national park to protect more of the coast from development.

The organisation is supporting Senator Francis Le Gresley's plans to extend the boundary of the coastal national park.

The draft Island Plan, which will form planning policy in Jersey for the next ten years, proposes that the park includes the lowland area behind St Ouen's beach, the north- and south-coast cliffs, the offshore reefs at the Paternosters, the Dirouilles, the Ecréhous and the Minquiers and substantial parts of the valleys leading to Grève de Lecq and near St Catherine.

Senator Le Gresley wants the park – which would give areas in Jersey the highest level of protection from development – to include Mourier Valley in St Mary, La Commune de Gouray in Grouville (specifically all of the land to the east of Rue à Don and Gorey Village main road, including the area of dunes to the east of Longbeach car park), the site of the former Pontins holiday camp on the Plémont headland and north coast agricultural land.

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