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Indoor cricket centre rezoning proposal rejected – Jersey Evening Post

PROPOSALS to build an indoor cricket centre next to Farmers CC in St Martin were dealt a crushing blow last night as politicians voted to reject an amendment to the government’s Bridging Island Plan.

Landowner Jim Perchard had hoped to extend the facility by rezoning a section of his agricultural land and had attracted high-profile support, most notably from the International Cricket Council and a number of leading States Members.

However, following a lengthy debate in the States Chamber, an amendment to Environment Minister John Young’s Bridging Island Plan – one that would have allowed for potential development – was opposed by 27 votes to 18, with one abstention.

Deputy Steve Luce, the politician who lodged the amendment, had outlined the importance of improving Jersey’s sporting vision with regards to health and fitness. He used Strive Health Club in St Peter as an example of how such projects could benefit the Island community in terms of the facilities on offer and the worldwide exposure they brought.

‘This is about encouraging our young people to aspire to be the next Jersey cricket team,’ said Deputy Luce.

Meanwhile, Deputy Hugh Raymond, who holds political responsibility for sport, underlined the fact that an independent planning inspector offered his support for the project and said this was an ‘ideal situation’ where rezoning should be considered. He also reiterated the need for new facilities to be built in the east of the Island.

But their calls were not sufficient to persuade enough of their colleagues to ‘take a leap of faith’, with many expressing concern over the loss of another green-zone site.

Earlier, States Members voted to approve an amendment which called for the provision of new sports facilities at FB Fields and Springfield – and to reassign agricultural land next to Strive for sporting use. Officials at Strive have already confirmed their intention to expand, should the relevant land-sale and planning permissions be obtained, with a multi-million-pound, multi-purpose indoor sports venue and hotel potentially on the cards. However, development will be supported only where ‘public benefit and contribution to the viability and success of local sports can be proven to outweigh any loss or harm to the landscape and agricultural land’.

As a result of the vote, FB Fields is now set to be added to the government’s £100million, ten-year Inspiring Active Places strategy.

Source: https://jerseyeveningpost.com/sport/2022/03/24/indoor-cricket-centre-rezoning-proposal-rejected/

PROPOSALS to build an indoor cricket centre next to Farmers CC in St Martin were dealt a crushing blow last night as politicians voted to reject an amendment to the government’s Bridging Island Plan.

Landowner Jim Perchard had hoped to extend the facility by rezoning a section of his agricultural land and had attracted high-profile support, most notably from the International Cricket Council and a number of leading States Members.

However, following a lengthy debate in the States Chamber, an amendment to Environment Minister John Young’s Bridging Island Plan – one that would have allowed for potential development – was opposed by 27 votes to 18, with one abstention.<…….

PROPOSALS to build an indoor cricket centre next to Farmers CC in St Martin were dealt a crushing blow last night as politicians voted to reject an amendment to the government’s Bridging Island Plan.

Landowner Jim Perchard had hoped to extend the facility by rezoning a section of his agricultural land and had attracted high-profile support, most notably from the International Cricket Council and a number of leading States Members.

However, following a lengthy debate in the States Chamber, an amendment to Environment Minister John Young’s Bridging Island Plan – one that would have allowed for potential development – was opposed by 27 votes to 18, with one abstention.<…….

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