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Fauvic care home recommended for refusal - and cannabis farm for approval

Fauvic care home recommended for refusal - and cannabis farm for approval

Monday 13 March 2023

Fauvic care home recommended for refusal - and cannabis farm for approval

Monday 13 March 2023

Planning is recommending that an application to build a 50-bed care home and fundraising shop for Jersey Hospice at Fauvic Nurseries in Grouville is refused - but has supported an application for a cannabis farm nearby.

The proposals will be determined by the Planning Committee – which is made up of politicians led by Trinity Constable Philip Le Sueur – on Thursday, but a Planning Officer always makes a formal recommendation beforehand.

The Fauvic application, which is considered a major one, seeks to demolish four greenhouses to construct the care home and charity shop.

It includes creating a ‘woodland amenity’ on part of a field, demolishing two chimneys, moving the parish recycling bins, and installing eight solar panel arrays.

An existing petanque terrain would also be moved.

The application has generated 53 public comments – 35 against, 17 for and one neutral. One of the main objections was it constituted overdevelopment in the countryside.

Pictured: Fauvic Nurseries is south of St. Clement's Inner Road.

In recommending refusal, Planning Officer Jonathan Durbin writes: “The proposed development, while having clear economic benefits and would provide care home places, would nonetheless result in significant harm to the characters and appearance of the countryside in this locality, resulting in unsustainably located development that would be harmful to highway safety.

“It is considered that the harm arising outweighs the benefit of this proposal. 

“In particular, it is considered that there is a land-use planning need for the care home or the fundraising shop or that such need, if it did exist, could not be met elsewhere in the island.”

The application has been submitted at the same time as a separate application to development another part of Fauvic Nurseries. 

This second application – to demolish or part-demolish disused greenhouses and upgrade them to grow cannabis for medicinal products – will also be considered by the Planning Committee on Thursday.

This proposal – which is not dependent on the first application – is recommended for approval by the same Planning Officer.


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Posted by John Henwood on
The Planning Department recognizes ‘economic benefits’ in a Fauvic care home, but does it not see the social desirability? Planning seems not to have fully understood the aging population timrebomb and the absolute need for such accommodation, not to mention the fact that those who move into a care or residential homes will leave another dwelling that becomes available to help meet the housing crisis. We need joined up government, not departments working in isolation.
Posted by Michael Blampied on
I suspect I'm not alone in coming to the conclusion that irrespective of the merits of any application, the Planning Dept will always find a reason to stick the boot in, usually throwing in some fancy spiel as part of their rationale. In this case it's "unsustainably located development that would be harmful to highway safety". What rubbish. Are they worried about the formation of an octogenarian chapter of the eastern hells angels rampaging in the area? Best just keep a load of unused falling down greenhouses on the site eh?
Posted by Jean Lelliott on
For goodness sake - we urgently need Care Homes and it is obvious that we shall have to start building in some of the green zone. I hope our Planning Ministers take note and pass the Care Home. We don't need more cannabis farms. This is wrong on every level.
Posted by Ann Robbie on
I don't always agree with your views Jean but in this instance I agree with you 100%. What a ludicrous decision not to support the care home application. There used to be a time that I was proud of my Jersey heritage now I'm embarrassed.
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