Monday 11 September 2023
The Development & Planning Authority (DPA) is undertaking a Call for Sites as part of the focused review of the Island Development Plan (IDP).
The Call for Sites is an important opportunity for residents, landowners and organisations to suggest land that is available for housing and/or employment development in the next 10 years to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of sites to meet the island's needs.
The IDP is required to comply with the Spatial Strategy agreed by the States which directs new housing and employment uses to within and around Main Centres (St Peter Port and the Bridge) together with limited development within and around Local Centres.
Therefore, proposed sites should: first be within the existing Main Centres or Local Centres and if not, should be adjacent to the existing Main Centres or Local Centres. Sites that are not within or adjacent to the Main Centres or Local Centres will be considered but will only be allocated if our housing and employment need cannot be met with the sites in the above locations.
All types of housing sites should be capable of delivering five or more dwellings and should be a minimum size of 0.25 acres (0.1 hectares or 0.6 vergée). Employment land sites of any size will be considered. Employment development includes offices, industry and storage uses.
All sites should be submitted on our form together with a map showing the boundary of the site, and with written authorisation from the landowner(s) if required. Further details of the Calls for Sites, forms and guidance on how to prepare a map, can be found at our website www.gov.gg/IDP-review. Sites should be submitted by 20th October 2023.
The assessment of a site through this process does not mean that planning permission will be granted for development on the site. Sites with planning permission or that have previously been refused planning permission may be submitted for consideration.
The results of the Call for Sites will inform the preparation of amendments to the IDP which members of the public will have an opportunity to comment on.
Deputy Victoria Oliver, President of the Development & Planning Authority, said:
"We are pleased to consult the public on land that might be available for housing and employment uses in the next 10 years. It is important that we have enough land available to meet our housing need as agreed by the States in February as well as our employment need. We want that land to be in the right place so it can support the Spatial Strategy of developing first in the Main Centres and Local Centres. Only if we cannot find enough land within or adjacent to Centres, will we consider other locations. Wherever possible we will avoid allocating greenfield sites."