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Former Jersey holiday camp nature plan rejected

Pontin's holiday camp at Plemont
Developers wants to build homes on the Plemont site

A move to make a compulsory purchase of a former holiday camp has been rejected by the States Assembly.

St Ouen's Constable Ken Vibert made a motion to buy the old Pontin's site at Plemont which was valued by developers at more than £14m.

Constable Vibert had wanted the site, in his parish, to be bought for the island and returned to nature.

Developers have submitted plans for 30 homes on the site, leaving two-thirds of the site to be returned to nature.

The assembly voted against the proposition by 23 votes, with 19 cast in favour.

Addressing the assembly ahead of the vote, Constable Vibert said: "We are faced with an opportunity which will never be repeated.

"An opportunity to show our support for the real qualities of life, the things which have made this island unique and special, not only for it's residents, but for all those thousands who have holidayed here."

In November BDK architects unveiled plans to build 30 homes on the site.

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