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St. Ouen's Bay surf school in container recommended for approval

St. Ouen's Bay surf school in container recommended for approval

Wednesday 30 November 2022

St. Ouen's Bay surf school in container recommended for approval

Wednesday 30 November 2022


St. Ouen’s Bay will get a new surf school based in an extendable shipping container, if politicians back the recommendation of a Planning officer.

The Line-up café at Le Port applied last year for permission to place a 6.25m x 2.2m container to the north of the existing kiosk where it intends to open a school and shop.

The assigned officer is now recommending that the Planning Committee gives its consent when the group of States Members meet to consider the application on 8 December.

He concludes: “The site is afforded the highest level of protection: within the National Park, the Protected Coastal Area, and a Site of Special Interest. Development is therefore strictly controlled and has to be appropriate for the location and suitably justified.

“Provided suitable tuition as an addition to the current offer in St. Ouen’s Bay is welcome, can support the island’s tourism industry while also providing a service to its residents.

“A coastal location is essential for this use; the fact that the container is easily removed / moved, is positioned close to the existing Line Up catering facility, and has a significant limited impact upon the SSI is all positive.

“A condition can be imposed requiring a Landscape and Ecological Management Plan which will include appropriate controls and post-development treatment of the site to minimise its longer-term impacts.”

The officer continues: “On balance, it is considered that this proposal is acceptable. It is appropriate that conditions are imposed. These include providing a temporary permission [to 26 July 2027] only in order for re-assessment of any impacts of the development once it has been operating for a period of time.”

The National Trust commented on the application, arguing that it should be rejected because it was not appropriate for the area.  

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