Self-catering let for L’Etacq quarry rejected

SCALED-BACK plans to convert a disused L’Etacq quarry building into tourism accommodation have been refused after the Planning Committee deemed they would lead to increased activity in the area.

Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30580309)
Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30580309)

JAJ Properties, a company owned by Jonathan Ruff, hoped to extend a single-storey former store and turn it into a one-bedroom self-catering let.

It followed the withdrawal of earlier plans which, if approved, would have allowed for the installation of a three-bedroom modular structure. They attracted a total of 95 comments from members of the public – many of whom were against the idea.

Deputy Steve Luce, the only member of the committee who voted in favour of allowing the proposals, said he thought the building would be hidden and liked the idea of the ‘quirky and unique’ site being turned into tourism accommodation.

But Constable Deirdre Mezbourian voted to refuse the application, saying she regarded the application as an ‘intensification of a site within the green zone.’

‘It is almost within the Coastal National Park and it would be reliant on cars for access. In my view it would be an inappropriate scheme to be given approval so I am going to go against the [planning] officer’s recommendation [for approval],’ she said.

Deputy Graham Truscott agreed with Mrs Mezbourian and also voted to refuse the application.

‘There is part of me which understands totally why someone would want to do this.

‘The views are to die for – imagine waking up there on your holidays with that view,’ he said.

‘But I think we have got to take into account the beauty of the area and for me it would be the wrong move to put something here.’

Constable Philip Le Sueur also refused the application saying he thought it could eventually be converted into a private home.

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