Planning fears for Jersey heritage sites

Concerns have been raised about protecting Jersey's heritage buildings.

Maurice Dubras, chairman of the Council for the Protection of Jersey Heritage, said he feared some old sites could be lost forever.

He said he was worried planning policy was being ignored in order to help the construction industry.

Planning Minister Rob Duhamel said a balance had to be struck between development and protecting the historic feel of the island.

"What I'm doing is assessing each case on its merits - which is what the planning law allows me to do," Mr Duhamel said.

But Mr Dubras said as planning minister, it was Mr Duhamel's duty to ensure good developments could continue, if they were not to the detriment of the island's heritage buildings.

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