Wednesday 24 November 2021
The third Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) has been published and concludes that the policies of the Island Development Plan (IDP) are performing as intended: through ensuring development is carried out in such a way as to deliver the social, economic and environmental objectives of the States of Guernsey, in so far as they relate to land use.
The AMRs include analysis of decisions on planning applications, appeals, findings of surveys and research by the Planning Service, as well as data collected from other States Committees in order to assess the continued effectiveness of the policies in the IDP in delivering the objectives of the States. Ongoing monitoring enables the IDP to adapt to changing circumstances.
The report concludes that:
- Generally, the policies of the IDP are performing as intended and therefore there are no recommendations in the AMR to revise the IDP or the Strategic Land Use Plan (SLUP);
- The IDP continues to deliver the social, environmental and economic objectives of the States so far as they relate to land use as expressed in the SLUP and, at the moment, the priorities in the Government Work Plan (GWP). Although, close monitoring of this will be required as the GWP progresses;
- Strategies, projects and policy decisions emerging from the GWP will need to be closely monitored to assess whether this would necessitate commencing a review of the IDP, in advance of the replacement of the IDP in 2026;
- The AMR has identified a small number of emerging trends in relation to planning applications which will need to be kept under review and, in some instances, may include the need for further research prior to any future review of the IDP;
- Many of the issues identified in the previous AMRs have received action and have now been resolved including for example the publication of guidance, such as for Development Frameworks.
The report also shows that there was a high rate of approval of planning applications in 2019 and 2020 (only 131 applications were refused out of 3,081 applications determined) and only 4 appeals against refusal of planning permission were decided during 2019/2020, 2 of which were allowed and 2 dismissed.
Deputy Victoria Oliver, President of the Development & Planning Authority, said:
"We have learnt a lot from this report and it's really important that we compare our data with the previous AMRs so that we can identify trends, things to watch and things that may need to be actioned.
"I'm also pleased that for this latest AMR, efforts have been made to create a more user-friendly format so that people can easily understand the results and conclusions. The AMR now includes 9 infographics that summarise key detail, as well as providing more concise and visually engaging comprehensive detail and updates on actions from the previous 2018 AMR."
The 2020 AMR includes data for both 2019 and 2020. A report was not produced last year for 2019 because the focus was instead on a policy letter to direct the scope and purpose of the 5-year review of the IDP. The States debated the scope and added to it but, as a result of the pandemic, resolved to pause the review so that it could consider it later, alongside the priorities for the island's recovery.
The 2020 AMR can be viewed at https://gov.gg/amr.