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The Island Plan

The importance of a secure supply of local minerals is recognised by the States of Jersey. Minerals are a key consideration in the Island Plan, which is regularly reviewed.

Under this ‘plan-led’ system, policy requires that a minimum of 10 ten years of mineral reserves are provided for throughout the Plan period. However, current mineral reserves are well below that ten year threshold and so to address this, as part of the Plan process, a ‘call for sites’ was issued. Granite Products responded with a proposal for a southern extension to the quarry (Field MY 966) in order to ensure continuity of supply.

How we propose to continue to supply Jersey with building materials

La Gigoulande currently meets around half the Island’s demand for ‘primary’ aggregates, extracting around 125,000 tonnes of granite each year. The quarry is an important source of local construction materials for homes, schools, hospitals and all other built development in Jersey. La Gigoulande granite is non alkali-silica reactive, making it the desired choice for structural concrete. This is why for over 75 years La Gigoulande Quarry has supplied so many high-profile projects, including Jersey’s Energy-From-Waste Plant and Airport Control Tower.

In considering the extension proposal we recognise the importance of La Rue Bechervaise, the green lane between the current quarry and Field MY966. Any proposal would retain public use of the green lane, although part of the route may be diverted.

What happens next?

The proposal for an extension is at an early stage having been put forward for consideration in the Island Plan. If it is adopted into the Plan then a formal planning application may follow.  Any future planning application would involve:

  • Comprehensive designs including independent environmental assessments to address any potential impacts of the extension;
  • Widespread consultation to ensure all views are taken into account before a decision was made by the authorities;
  • Meeting numerous conditions as well as demonstrating the ability to operate to the highest environmental and quality standards.

For further information regarding the Island Plan please visit https://www.gov.je/PlanningBui...