Fab Link in threat to miss out Alderney completely

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THE company behind plans to develop a 220km electrical inter-connector between France, Alderney and Britain is threatening to bypass Alderney unless an amendment to the planning law is fast-tracked.

In 2015, Fab Link Ltd signed a legally-binding option agreement with the States of Alderney for the right to lay inter-connector cables in Alderney's territorial waters and across the island.

The agreement is subject to the company receiving planning permission from Alderney States in due course, but under the current 2002 planning law, the States cannot determine an application for the Fab link.

This was due to be resolved as part of the Land Use Plan review, but that has been delayed and Fab said the process now fell outside its time-frame for delivering the project.

It has drawn up plans for an alternative offshore route that would bypass Alderney's territorial waters and a seabed survey will commence shortly.

Fab project development manager Chris Jenner said it had offered to re-negotiate the option agreement with Alderney's States providing its planning application can be progressed in a timely manner. It is now requesting amendment of the law by the end of June.

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