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Panel to consider 'battle zone' in the national park

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A DECISION on whether to let a man continue to run a commercial war games company – where people fire biodegradable pellets with replica guns at each other – will be made this week.

Christopher Pace was given permission in 2008 to change Field 1443 on Route des Côtes du Nord, just up from Rozel Harbour, into a simulated battle zone at weekends for a one-year trial.

This time lapsed and Mr Pace had to apply retrospectively to allow people to continue to play Airsofting in a private woodland area in Trinity. Planning is not recommending the application for approval as the area has now been designated in the coastal national park, which gives land the highest level of protection from development.

The States recently adopted the Island Plan 2011, which sets planning policy for the next decade. However, it will be up to the Planning applications panel, which consists of a group of politicians chaired by Trinity Constable John Gallichan, to determine the application on Thursday.

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