Another Objection

October 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm. States & Douzaine.

OBJECTION TO SUBMITTED PLANS

We write to express our concerns at the recent submission to your department for the use of La Villiaze Vinery as a site to be used to house temporary labour for the proposed works on the airport.

The area identified sits within the Rural Area Plan (RAP) immediately adjacent to areas identified as areas of High Landscape Quality. The RAP Written Statement makes the point;

Non-designated areas

The remainder of the Plan carries no specific designation and is left white on the Proposals Map. The emphasis within these parts of the Plan will be on maintaining and enhancing the openness of the countryside and on safeguarding areas of agricultural land.

The policies of the Plan make provision for some limited forms of development in these areas, primarily through redevelopment and conversion works.

Under no circumstances can this application be deemed as “maintaining and enhancing the openness of the countryside” nor indeed “safeguarding areas of agricultural land.” Nor can the proposals be deemed as “limited”.

Once again, as in the case of the primary application for the redevelopment of the airport, the applicant appears to be trying to influence your department to make decisions based upon the premise that the work is urgent and we cannot afford to “not approve” the submission. This is not a credible approach where planning policies and laws are concerned. Applications need to be assessed based upon the law and previously agreed policies. Stated policy from your department with respect to vinery sites is that they should revert to agricultural use if not in active horticultural use.

The Written Statement also states that the primary aim of the RAP is, amongst others;

1.5, 1): promoting the conservation and enhancement of the rural environment;

The prolonged nature of this “temporary” development will have a lasting impact upon the area generally and the immediate environment in particular. It cannot be regarded as fulfilling the conservation and enhancement objective

listed above.

This application is yet another example of cynical abuse of the rural environment by the applicant disguised as “Essential maintenance”. The recent application to extend the airport footprint across many acres of land of High Landscape Quality in St Pierre-du-Bois, St Saviours and the Forest, the subsequent loss of good agricultural land in those parishes, bio-diversity in the lost hedgerows thereof and valuable and rare marshland will only be exacerbated if this application to utilise a further green field site for residential purposes is permitted. I therefore urge you to reject the application on the grounds that it does not meet the requirements of development within the RAP.

 

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