Monday 23 January 2023
The Development & Planning Authority (DPA) has commenced a focused review of certain policies within the Island Development Plan (IDP).
This will be a targeted review focusing on amending policies to meet government priorities. The scope of the review will primarily focus on housing land supply, housing delivery and employment land supply, but will also include updating Areas of Biodiversity Importance and other minor issues and clarifications.
The DPA must follow a set process to amend or otherwise change the policies in the IDP, including the opportunity for public engagement which is likely to take place in 2024. This process for reviewing the IDP is set out in the Planning Law and associated Ordinances and Regulations and is expected to be completed in 2025.
The first step of the process requires the DPA to notify affected stakeholders including some States Committees, utility providers and parish Constables.
Alongside the targeted examination of certain IDP policies, the DPA will be reviewing the Planning Law, Ordinances and Regulations to identify options to streamline the process for amending the IDP in the future, enabling the IDP to be more responsive to changing government priorities.
Deputy Victoria Oliver, President of the DPA, said:
"The IDP provides an over-arching policy framework for how we use our island space, and is a foundational document, not only for the DPA, but for other Committees, for developers and for the wider parishioners and is key to the delivery of governments priorities. Amongst other things, it tells us what can be built where, how our environment will be conserved and enhanced, and is the standard that planning applications are assessed against. However, the IDP can only continue to be useful if it supports our government priorities.
"We have a set process that we must follow to review the IDP, which will provide parishioners with the opportunity to contribute a little bit further down the line. When we conclude this review and the States have agreed any changes and updates, the IDP will be fit for purpose to deliver the States priorities and our island's needs."
More information about the IDP review is available at gov.gg/IDP-review.