Shellfish plant plans are rejected

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Environment Minister Freddie Cohen has gone against the advice of planning officers and turned down the application by the Jersey Oyster Company because he says it would spoil the character of the area.

The company had hoped the move would make life easier for them, as it would have stopped them having to transport their produce five miles from Grouville Bay to Fliquet for processing.

However the planning applications panel signalled its concern about the project in February and Senator Cohen said today that putting the proposed shellfish processing plant on Field 571, Rue du Puits Mahaut, was not acceptable.

He said: ‘The application was refused because of the impact of such a large structure on the countryside, which would have spoilt the open views and character of this part of Grouville.’ However, he said the decision had been a difficult balance between the needs of the Island’s economy and those of the residents of Grouville.

‘While it was clear to me that this is not the right site for this type of enterprise, I have a great deal of sympathy for the Jersey Oyster Company and have pledged to continue to do whatever I can to help when they find a more suitable site,’ he said.

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