Architect Paul Harding, who has put together an application for 36 homes on the site of the former holiday village, says it would also be a breach of his client’s human rights if the States decide to buy the land.
The Constable of St Ouen, Ken Vibert, wants the States to find a way of returning the land to nature, but the owners say they would expect to be fully reimbursed if ministers decide to rectify the ‘historic mistake’ of allowing a holiday village to be built there in the first place.
The Constable has asked the States to agree today that it would be in the public interest for the land to be ‘preserved as open space for the enjoyment of the public of the Island’.
He wants the Council of Ministers to come up with a preferred option for the site, and wants Planning Minister Freddie Cohen not to make a decision on the application for 36 homes until after this has been determined.
A petition and fund-raising venture has been set up by the National Trust for Jersey in the hope of getting the land returned to its natural state.
To date, the appeal has raised £31,000 and gathered 5,685 signatures.