Call for St Brelade’s Bay to be designated a national park

ST Brelade’s Bay should be designated a coastal national park to protect it from further over-development, a campaign group has said.

The St Brelade’s Bay Association say they want to ensure the next Island Plan stops planning policies from allowing large-scale projects, and have launched an online petition in an attempt to preserve its tourist sites and enable ‘sensitive development’.

The group had also been encouraging Islanders to take part in a separate survey on the bay, that closed last month, as it feared that the government would allow the spread of luxury-housing developments unless residents made their voices heard.

Now, association chairwoman Moz Scott says that the group is ‘somewhat alarmed’ by two recent government publications, the Landscape and Seascape Assessment and the Island Plan Review Preferred Strategy Report, which she claims shows that public intentions were not being respected.

Ms Scott says the former document ‘contemplates more development on the lower slopes of the bay and fails to mention the role of the sites along the seafront in supporting its landscape setting’.

She also says that the strategy report ‘failed to acknowledge responses to the public consultation and Coastal National Park workshop seeking to steer development away from St Brelade’s Bay’.

The association believes the petition will help make a firm statement about the bay’s future and encourage debate on potential developments. ‘The petition gives Jersey’s public an opportunity to express how they feel about the failure of planning policies to ensure a treasured seaside resort is developed sensitively, with the public’s enjoyment in mind,’ added Ms Scott.

‘It also allows the public to express objections to government’s process for producing planning policy generally.’

To sign the petition visit the petitions section of gov.je and search ‘Make St Brelade’s Bay Jersey National Park with protected Tourist sites’.

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