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States urged to consider ‘detailed framework’ for St Aubin & St. Brelade's Bay'
by Jeff Hathaway

FOLLOWING amendments from St. Brelade Deputy Angela Jeune, and supported by Parish politicians, the Draft Island Plan proposes to offer additional protection and safeguards against 'unsympathetic' development for two of St. Brelades most loved areas; St. Aubin and St. Brelades Bay. The Draft Island Plan reads:

'For many generations St. Aubin has been a year-round highly attractive, photogenic and bustling harbour area providing for both Islanders and tourists alike. Successive Island development plans have sought to retain and protect its natural beauty and character.

Whilst the shore and skyline settings and important open spaces which characterise the area are identified and protected through Island Plan policies, there is a need to develop a more detailed planning framework for the defined Built-up Area from Le Mont du Boulevard to the south to Le Mont au Roux to the North, to ensure that current and future pressure for the development and redevelopment of existing buildings in particular is sympathetic to its context and does not detract from the visual amenity of the area and the public enjoyment of it.'

'St. Brelade's Bay is generally regarded as one of the most beautiful natural bays in the Island. Successive development plans have sought to retain and protect its natural beauty and character whilst recognising its role as an attractive place for tourists and islanders to visit and as a place to stay and live. However, it is important that the spirit of the 1968 proposition 'Development in St. Brelade’s Bay area (P.15/1968)' and the 1989 St. Brelade's Bay Environmental Improvement Plan, continue to be addressed in this and subsequent Island Plans where they remain relevant today.

Whilst the landscape setting and important open spaces which characterise the bay are identified and protected through Island Plan policies, there is considered to be a need to review and develop a more detailed planning framework for the area, and specifically the defined Built-up Area, including those parts of the Built-up Area within the Green Backdrop and Shoreline Zones, to ensure that current and future pressure for the development and redevelopment of existing buildings in particular is sympathetic to its context and does not detract from the visual amenity of the bay and the public enjoyment of it.'

The Plan was still being debated at the time La Baguette went to press but the two amendements were accepted by the Minister and it is anticipated will follow into policy.
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