A controversial plan to develop St Helier's harbour has been withdrawn.

The Port Galots scheme had included plans for a maritime hub, a restaurant, a new home for the Sea Cadets and 18 flats.

More than 3,000 objectors voiced concerns about the impact on local businesses and the scale of the development.

The Minister for Transport and Technical Services, Deputy Eddie Noel, said: ‘I asked the project team to review the proposals in view of the strength of public opinion, and to consider how to address the issues raised either by amending the proposal or by submitting a revised application.

‘Now the application has been withdrawn we have the opportunity to rethink the plans and consider how best to meet the needs of the Sea Cadets.

‘The States Assembly agreed in the 2011 Island Plan that Les Galots should be safeguarded for use by the Sea Cadets and other maritime users. It was acknowledged that this could only happen if the development provided sufficient planning gain to fund the community facilities.’

He added: ‘I remain determined to fulfill the wishes of the Assembly by finding a suitable location which can accommodate the enabling development as well as a headquarters for the Sea Cadets. The organisation does valuable work with young people in Jersey and has been waiting 20 years for a new base for its activities.’

Property Holdings, together with the Ports of Jersey, are committed to working collectively to find a solution for the Sea Cadets, while continuing to address the interests of the Ports’ existing tenants.