Review of the Island's Development Plans
The Environment Department has published a report on the 2nd stage public consultation as part of the process in preparing a new Island Development Plan. The report summarises the feedback received from the public following a seven week consultation on the key messages, issues & some potential options for future planning policies.
The formal review of the existing Development Plans (the Rural Area Plan 2005 and the Urban Area Plan 2002) began in January 2012. The review will ensure that the land use planning policies in the new Island Development Plan 2015 can respond to current and emerging issues to the year 2025 whilst complying with the Strategic Land Use Plan.
Key Messages, Issues & Options Stage
The 2nd stage public consultation, Key Messages, Issues & potential Options, ran for seven weeks from the 29th July until the 13th September 2013. The consultation addressed some key messages, issues and potential options that emerged during the Environment Department's evidence gathering as part of the Plan Review, principally in the areas of :
- Main and Local Centres
- The Natural and Built environment
- Open Space and Recreation
The Department has prepared a report summarising the consultation and the responses received
The Department would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation. The comments received on the key messages, issues & potential options, alongside technical work and other research carried out by the Department, will feed into the preparation of a Draft Island Development Plan.
Copies of the material published for consultation including the summary booklet ' Key Messages, Issues and Options', Call for Sites Guidance Note, and the supporting Evidence Reports can be downloaded by clicking on the links provided below.
Key Messages. Issues & Options Consultation Material
The 'Key Messages, Issues & Options' booklet provides a useful summary of the key messages, issues & potential options consulted on as part of the 2nd stage.
Click on the PDF to view the Key Messages, Issues and Options Booklet [3Mb]
More detailed information, survey results and facts and figures can also be found in the following Evidence Reports:
Call for Sites
The 2nd stage of public consultation also included a 'Call for Sites'. This provided an opportunity for residents, landowners and organisations to suggest land in Guernsey which is, in principle, available for development over the next 10 years. Sites had to fit with the States agreed spatial strategy, which is set out in the Strategic Land Use Plan, so must be located in or around Main and Local Centres.
Submissions received through this process will feed into the assessment of what land may be potentially available and suitable for development so that the most appropriate sites can be considered as part of the Plan Review process as it moves forward. The outcomes of this exercise will be completed and published alongside the publication of a Draft Island Development Plan, expected in late Spring of 2014.
It is important to bear in mind, the assessment of a site through this process does not mean that the site will necessarily be allocated for development in the new Plan or that planning permission will be granted for development.
If you have made a Call for Sites submission to the Department you will receive an acknowledgment letter with a reference which should be kept safely for any future correspondence in the next stage.
More information about the 'Call for Sites' can be found in a guidance note produced by the Department.
Click on the PDF to view the:
The first stage public consultation, the General Topics Papers, was held between the 16th January and 16th March 2012. The first stage 'threw the net wide' to inform as many people as possible about the Plan Review and to seek their views and opinions about a wide range of topics.
The Department prepared a report summarising the consultation and the responses received:
Click on the PDF to view the Topic Paper Consultation Report for the Development Plan Review, July 2012. [383kb]
The Department would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation. The comments received on the topic papers, alongside technical work and other research carried out by the Department, have fed into the Development Plan Review.
The next stage of the Island Development Plan review will be the preparation Draft Island Development Plan by the Environment Department based on the work carried out and consultation responses gained from the previous stages. Representations, both for and against the proposed policies, can then be submitted to the Planning Inquiry and will be considered by an Independent Planning Inspector. It is expected that a Draft Island Development Plan will be published in
late Spring 2014 and a Public Inquiry into the Draft Plan will be held in Autumn of 2014. An outline of the review process is available here:
Click on the PDF to view the next stages Flowchart Next Stages Flowchart [756kb]
The Department has also produced a 'Community Guide to the Plan Review' which can be downloaded below; it provides further information on the Island Development Plan review, how to access documents and how Islanders can expect to be consulted:
Alternatively you can collect copies from the Environment Department at Sir Charles Frossard House.
A range of groups and organisations will be contacted directly by the Environment Department for their comments. A full list of consultees is available in the 'Community Guide to the Plan Review'.
If you would like to register for Plan Review updates by email, please send your name and email address to email@example.com and we will add you to the consultee list.
You can also follow us on Twitter @planreviewgsy
What is the purpose of a Development Plan?
A Development Plan is effectively a blueprint for the planning and development of Guernsey which, if approved by the States, will form the basis on which the Environment Department will consider planning applications.
Why are the Development Plans being reviewed?
The Plans need to be reviewed to ensure that they are fit for purpose to serve the Island over the coming years.
In addition, Development Plans for the Island must be in line with the new Strategic Land Use Plan, a statutory document put in place by the Policy Council of the States of Guernsey, which was adopted in November 2011.
The Review process will take two to three years. While this may seem like a long time, this is to ensure that the Department is able to carry out necessary research and that the public have sufficient opportunity to be involved in the Review. The Review will include an Inquiry into the new Plan(s) by an independent Planning Inspector.
It should be noted that the Plan Review will not change how planning applications are considered now. Until the Plan Review is complete and the new policies are formally approved by the States (envisaged in 2015), current Development Plans and policies remain in force and planning applications will continue to be determined according to those policies.
- Read the current Development Plans for the Island
- Read the Strategic Land Use Plan (Policy Council document)