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National Trust opposes food kiosk on 'historic' slip

National Trust opposes food kiosk on 'historic' slip

Wednesday 03 March 2021

National Trust opposes food kiosk on 'historic' slip


Giving a food kiosk a permanent spot on the 19th century La Pulente slipway would “significantly damage” the historic character of the area, the National Trust has claimed.

The Hideout was granted temporary permission to relocate to the slip after Shellhouse Ltd - the owners of toilets on which the takeaway previously stood - said they were to start developing their plot of land into a Nude Food.

The move followed a unanimous Parish Assembly vote in the wake of more than 6,000 islanders signing a petition to save the café from being lost.

The relocation was originally supposed to be temporary, lasting only a short while until construction work on the new Nude Food establishment started, but the Hideout has now applied for planning permission to continue trading. 

But the National Trust says it stands firmly opposed to the idea. 

In a letter to the Planning Department, the heritage charity’s Development Applications Panel argues: “The applicant’s kiosk is some 20m away from the new one under construction. Aside from the common sense point that it does not seem appropriate to have two cafés in such close proximity to each other, and the practical effects of losing parking on the slipway in an area where there is already limited parking, we believe that the application goes against Island Plan Policy HE1 - Protecting Listed buildings and spaces, and against t he Island Plan Policy NE6 - Coastal National Park.”

Pictured: The kiosk will now operate from the slipway.

They continue: “The listing for the slipway makes clear that, as a mid C19 slipway, it is part of a group of historic slipways that make a considerable contribution to the island’s distinctive character, in particular its coastline, and tell us about its history and culture. 

“Whilst we understand the Parish of St. Brelade’s decision to grant a temporary permit for the applicant’s kiosk, we cannot support a permanent structure which we believe would cause significant damage to the character of the slipway.”

On behalf of Shellhouse Limited, KE Planning also wrote to the Planning Department to raise issues with the Hideout’s operations, including customer vehicles parking on the slipway or using it to turn, and the placement of food storage facilities and a portaloo in the nearby quarry area. 

Architect Matthew Collins had previously told the Planning Department that he hoped Shellhouse’s objections would be “seen for what they are which is a rival business protecting their interests”.  

“All we are asking in this application is to allow a local business to continue to operate. The nature of the business being particularly important in these current times when takeaway and outside meeting is all most people can currently take enjoyment from,” he wrote. 

But Shellhouse contended that they were not simply aiming “to protect commercial interest”.

Senator Steve Pallett, who originally gave the takeaway a permit to trade during his term as Constable of St. Brelade, was among those to jump to the defence of the Hideout. 

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Pictured: Former St. Brelade Constable, Senator Steve Pallett, defended the Hideout's application.

He slammed the National Trust’s comments as “inaccurate”, as the the café’s application “neither extends, alters or changes the architectural or historic interest of the slipway.  

“The Hideout is not a permanent structure and is not attached in any way to any listed building or structure, it simply sits on the slipway. I do not believe [the Coastal National Park policy] was ever envisaged to prevent a temporary food kiosk from operating in an area such as La Pulente where no other food or refreshment outlets are present,” Senator Pallett explained. 

He emphasised that neither Environmental Health nor the Infrastructure Department had objected to the application, adding: “The Hideout has been a place where many islanders could visit during the worst days of lockdown and for many was a sanctuary during those dark times. The kiosk is well used by locals and tourists alike and it’s important that an outlet is available at this location whilst the new development is completed. 

“The kiosk has had no detrimental impact on nearby neighbours, if anything it’s the opposite, creates little noise or disturbance and has been a credit to the owner.

“The Hideout is what it is, a mobile food kiosk serving the needs of those visiting the La Pulente area. The La Pulente Pub has now been lost to St. Brelade and provision of this type is desperately needed.” 

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Posted by Dave Mathews on
I would love to know what Senator Steve Pallet's interest is in this because ever since last Summer he seems to be trying to tell the Constable of St Brelade what to do. I think the article is self explanatory though, Nude Food has permission for a permanent food outlet and the Hideout has not. Hardly rocket science.
Posted by Donal Dolo on
correct it would
Posted by Scott Mills on
one serves lettuce, beans and lentils, the other serves meat. Where's the competition? So if the slip is that historic, we should start removing all cafe's/eateries from piers, and other slips. but I think the granite can take it
Posted by Michael Blampied on
Feel free to call me a philistine but I suspect I am probably not alone in thinking that I would be far more likely to suggest to a tourist that they “check out the fantastic views from La Pulente over a coffee and bacon roll” rather than “check out the history and culture indicative of the mid 19th century slipway at La Pulente”. Just saying.
Posted by Private Individual on
Well said Mr Pallet.

I never really liked a lot of his politics before, but he has now changed and is certainly speaking for normal people again.

Keep up the good work Senator.
Posted by Dave Mathews on
It is not Senator Steve Pallet's place. He was Constable of the Parish but is no longer.
Also how did the Hideout get such a peppercorn rent down there? Actually the whole situation which was not even originally put out to tender should be looked into.
Posted by Michael nicolle on
Wow the National Trust object to a cafe on a slip way which is doing no harm, time they started protesting about the destruction of west mount the trees and the hang mans point time they stood up and opposed the proposed destruction
Posted by Jon Jon on
National Trust complain about any little thing ,who really cares!
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