Politician's controversial decision to dismiss major St Helier development quashed

Picture: Le Masurier (37132778)

A POLITICIAN’S controversial decision to dismiss plans for a major development in St Helier has been quashed.

Developers Le Masurier had submitted plans to transform 2.5 acres of land it owns between Broad Street and Commercial Street.

The firm’s application for “Les Sablons” was refused by the Planning Committee last December – a decision the company appealed against, making its case to an independent planning inspector earlier this year.

The inspector recommended that the appeal should succeed, and planning permission should be granted, but Assistant Environment Minister Hilary Jeune rejected the advice.

In an unusual move, Chief Minister Kristina Moore criticised Deputy Jeune’s decision, saying she was “extremely disappointed” to learn that the project had been rejected, particularly given that it has been recommended for approval by an independent planning inspector.

In a statement released today, the government said that the Deputy’s decision had now been quashed.

“The Minister for the Environment has conceded the appeal and therefore the decision to dismiss the planning application appeal for the development of Les Sablons has been quashed and will now be remitted back to the Minister for the Environment for further consideration.”

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