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D&PA calls for resources for top-to-bottom review of development policies

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Wednesday 22 May 2019

The Island Development Plan (IDP) and the policies which determine how our Island is developed affects all areas of life.

The Development & Planning Authority (D&PA) has to review both quarterly and annually how the policies are working but, in addition, the D&PA also completes a 5 year review looking at housing land supply and employment land.

As well as scoping the 5 year review, the D&PA has been looking at other potential changes and has agreed an 'Action Plan' which not only deals with issues the Committee feel should be reviewed but also those issues raised in both public and political debate. To fund what is likely to be a significant process of research, review and community engagement, the D&PA will be laying an amendment to the Policy & Resource Plan which was lodged with the Greffe on Monday, asking for resources to be committed to the 'Action Plan'.

These resources will not only ensure that these further issues raised can be looked at during the public inquiry for the 5 year review but also quick wins before then.

Deputy Dawn Tindall, Vice-President, Development & Planning Authority said:

'There's a real public appetite for a detailed review of the Island Development Plan, one that gets to the bottom of issues like affordable housing, the overall housing supply, development frameworks, and what land should or should not be developed - the green field versus brown field debate. But in order to do justice to those issues, the D&PA requires funding beyond its current budget. We think this is a genuine priority not just for government, but for the whole community.'

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