The Island Development Plan (IDP) sets out the land planning policies for the whole of Guernsey in a single document and was adopted by the States of Guernsey on the 2nd November 2016. The IDP replaces both the Urban Area Plan and the Rural Area Plan with immediate effect.
Planning policies seek to balance social, environmental and economic considerations to ensure that new development supports the public interest. These planning policies are grouped together to form a Development Plan.
The law places a duty on the Authority to produce a Development Plan for the island which allow the States to manage development across the island and set out the factors it will take into account when deciding planning applications.
A Development Plan sets out what can be built, where, and how buildings are used. It is used to plan strategically, looking at future needs to be addressed, what change is likely to happen and where, and what policies are needed to achieve this.
The Authority must consider the Island Development Plan policies when deciding applications for planning permission.
The Island Development Plan (2016)
- The Island Development Plan (2016) Written Statement and Proposals Map are now available online :
- Island Development Plan (2016) [20Mb] and Proposals Map
- The associated Environmental Statement and its Non Technical Summary are also available to download:
- Environmental Statement 2016 [8Mb]
- Non Technical Summary of EIA for Island Development Plan 2016 [329kb]
- Public Displays
- As soon as we receive hard copies of the document from the printers (expected in next 10 days), there will be a display of the Island Development Plan and associated documents in the Planning Service reception of Sir Charles Frossard House. The Island Development Plan will then be available to view or purchase during normal opening times.The Island Development Plan will also at that time be available to view at the Greffe during normal opening times.
How was the Island Development Plan prepared and adopted?
- The Island Development Plan process began in 2012. There was a five stage process for preparing and adopting the Draft IDP as can be seen in the flow chart:
- Process chart for Island Development Plan 2016 [74kb]
- Following the research and evidence gathering stages (links to technical reports are provided below) and consultation stages, including two rounds of public consultation (which are detailed in the sections below), the Draft Island Development Plan 2015 [7Mb] , Draft Plan Proposals Map and the corresponding Environment Impact Statement of Draft IDP 2015 [6Mb] and its Non Technical Summary of the Environmental Statement [809kb] were published on Monday 16th February 2015.
- The draft Island Development Plan and Environmental Statement was then submitted to the former Policy Council, who put in place arrangements for a full formal public consultation, overseen by independent Planning Inspectors, as required by the Planning Law.
- The planning inquiry was run by two experienced planning inspectors, Mr Keith Holland and Mr Alan Boyland. They carried out their duties independently of the former Policy Council, the former Environment Department and all other former States departments. There were 1,516 Initial Representations made to the public inquiry and 350 Further Representations submitted by Islanders on the Draft Island Development Plan. The former Environment Department provided for the inquiry, written responses to each of the representations made. Public Hearings on different topics were held by the Inspectors during October and November of 2015. The Inspectors considered all the information before them and prepared a report on the Public Inquiry containing their findings and recommendations for change to the Draft IDP which was submitted on 4th March 2016, marking the end of the fourth stage in the process.
- The fifth and final stage in the Island Development Plan process was bringing the IDP to the States of Guernsey for consideration. On Monday 1st August 2016, a policy letter was published which included the Development & Planning Authority report, Inspectors report (Appendix 5) and all associated documents are available online to download:
- Policy Letter on IDP - Development & Planning Authority's Recommendations [376kb]
- Development & Planning Authority report on Island Development Plan [689kb]
- Appendix 1: The Draft Island Development Plan, February 2015 -Written Statement & Proposals Maps [17Mb]
- Appendices 2 and 3: The Environmental Impact Assessment of the draft Island Development Plan and Non - technical summary, February 2015 (updated April 2016) [7Mb]
- Appendix 4: Draft Island Development Plan: Statement of Consultation and Community Engagement, 2016. [2Mb]
- Appendix 5: Report of The Planning Inspectors appointed to conduct the Independent Planning Inquiry, March 2016. [1Mb]
- Appendix 6: Full Schedule of amendments proposed by the Planning Inspectors and Development and Planning Authority conclusion (including relevant map extracts) [3Mb]
- Appendix 7: Proposed amendments to the Island Development Plan (including Proposal map amendments) September, 2015. [7Mb]
- Appendix 8: Matters Arising from the Planning Inquiry hearings into the Draft Island Development Plan - 6th October 2015 to 3rd October 2015 - summary report - March 2016 [83kb]
- Appendix 9: Identifying Local Centre Boundaries, Addendum report, March 2016 [2Mb].
- Appendix 10: Strategic Land Planning Group, Certificate of consistency, January 2015 [445kb]
- Appendix 11: Strategic Land Planning Group, confirmation of intention not to make further comments, April 2016 [557kb]
- After debating the item, the States of Guernsey decided, subject to the amendments passed, to adopt the Island Development Plan on the 2nd November 2016.
Island Development Plan Supporting information
- Extensive research was undertaken on different areas of interest together with two phases of public consultation to inform the preparation of the Island Development Plan. This work has lead to the publication of Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG'S), Technical Evidence Reports and Public Consultation Reports.
Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG)
- Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) are documents covering a range of subjects which are provided for under the Island Development Plan or another statutory plan and which provide further guidance for development on specific sites or particular issues and add further detail based on the policies and proposals of the Island Development Plan or other statutory Plan.
- They assist developers, applicants and planning officers in discussions prior to the submission of planning applications and provide a context for the evaluation of planning applications. SPGs will be taken into account when considering proposals for development requiring planning permission but they are not part of the IDP so do not have the same status as the Plan.
- There are four SPGs covering the following topics - Affordable Housing; Traffic Impact Assessments and Parking Standards; Community Plans, and; Change of use of Visitor Accommodation. These documents have been approved by Development & Planning Authority and can be found below. These documents form material planning considerations for planning applications.
- In the future, there are likely to be additional SPGs prepared on topics as required and from time-to-time SPGs will be reviewed, amended and updated as appropriate.
- ⇒ Affordable Housing SPG 2016 [369kb]
- ⇒ Community Plans SPG 2016 [238kb]
- ⇒ Parking Standards and Traffic Impact Assessment SPG 2016 [279kb]
- ⇒ Visitor Accommodation SPG 2016 [293kb]
- The evidence reports prepared for different areas of interest to inform the Island Development Plan 2015 can be found below.
- ⇒ EIA Scoping Consultation Report, January 2015 [742kb]
- ⇒ Guernsey Character Study Stage 1 [2Mb]
- ⇒ Approach recommendations from the Employment Land Study 2014 [62kb]
- ⇒ Employment Land Study 2014 [15Mb]
- ⇒ Approach to Housing Allocations in the Draft Island Development Plan [462kb]
- ⇒ Strategic Housing Land Availability Study June 2014 [4Mb]
- ⇒ List of Call for Sites submissions [45kb]
- ⇒ Planning Covenants Report 2012 [489kb]
- ⇒ Independent Review of Proposed Affordable Housing Policy for the Guernsey Island Development Plan [571kb]
- ⇒ Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Survey 2013 [12Mb]
- ⇒ Guernsey SHLAA Peer Review 2013 [622kb]
- ⇒ Guernsey ELS Peer Review 2013 by NLP [465kb]
- ⇒ Approach to the designation of Sites of Special Significance, 2014 [510kb]
- ⇒ Appraisal of Sites of Special Significance, 2014 [2Mb]
- ⇒ Approach to the Designation of Areas of Biodiversity Importance, 2014 [1Mb]
- ⇒ Guernsey Character Study, 2013 [2Mb]
- ⇒ Identifying Local Centres Report, July 2015 [5Mb]
- ⇒ Identifying Local Centre Boundaries, 2014 [1Mb]
- ⇒ Identifying Main Centre Boundaries, 2014 [3Mb]
- ⇒ Cover Note and Combined Traffic Studies for Guernsey Housing Target Areas [19Mb]
- ⇒ Survey of Important Open Land in Proposed Main and Local Centres 2014 [3Mb]
- ⇒ Conservation Areas Report [7Mb]
- ⇒ Retail Cores Report [1Mb]
- ⇒ Agricultural Priority Area Report, October 2014 [2Mb]
- ⇒ Approach to Redundant Glasshouse Sites, October 2014. [3Mb]
- ⇒ Small Scale Business - Outside of Centres Report, July 2015 [802kb]
Details of previous public consultation on the Island Development Plan
- 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 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 evidence gathering as part of the Plan Review.
- 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 fed into the assessment of what land may be potentially available and suitable for development so that the most appropriate sites could be considered as part of the Plan Review process as it moved forward. The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment report 2014 and the Employment Land Study 2014 contain the outcomes of this exercise and both of these documents were also published on Monday 16th February, as supporting information for the draft Island Development Plan 2015.The former Environment Department prepared a report summarising both consultations and the responses received:
- ⇒ Topic Paper Consultation Report for the Development Plan Review July 2012 [383kb]
- ⇒ Second Stage Consultation for the Island Development Plan [1Mb]
- The Authority would like to thank everyone who responded to the previous consultations. The comments received alongside technical work and other research carried out by the States, fed into the preparation of the Island Development Plan.