|Panel chairman John Gallichan and Graeme Butcher (Photo: JEP)|
OPEN LETTER TO THE MINISTER FOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT
I am writing to you to express my disappointment at the planning applications panel's decision to approve the destruction or two houses at Petit Port and the rebuilding of two new properties, with accompanying excavation that will accompany it.
It is sheer folly, in my opinion, that in an area that has been designated as a national park in the 2009 draft island plan, you have given consent for the whole area to be turned into a worksite for an extended period of time, with the consequential impact that this will have on the surrounding environment and residents who already live there.
Currently, the properties themselves are in the green zone (C5), but the immediately surrounding areas are designated a zone of outstanding beauty (C4).
I did ask (twice) that an environmental impact assessment be done to see what impact there would be on the C4 zone, but this point was completely ignored by the panel.
It should be re-emphasised that not only the surrounding area, but the houses themselves, will be part of the national park area if the 2009 draft plan is approved as stands.
If the plan is passed this year, as is anticipated, it will be interesting to see how a quarry and building site will be welcomed by islanders and visitors smack bang in the middle of a national park.
Your thoughts on this would be most appreciated.