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Where should we build?

Where should we build?

Tuesday 03 December 2019

Where should we build?


Islanders are being asked what sites they think should be built on and which ones should be protected from development.

The call for sites comes as the second stage of consultation on the new Island Plan, which was launched in May.

It is open until Friday 14 February and anyone can make a suggestion, whether they own land, are an agent, or simply interested in a particular area.

The current Island Plan was adopted in 2011 and the review aims to consider how the policies for new development should be adapted in light of challenges for island, such as the need for homes (of which 7,000 must be built within the next decade); economic support; climate change; and the impact of an ageing population.

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Pictured: A 52-page document containing 27 questions has been produced for the consultation.

Over the summer, islanders were asked to share their views on six different spatial strategies to help the government decided where future developments should go.

They are now being asked to directly register sites they feel should be considered for or protected from development in the Island Plan 2021 to 2030.

Any land identified through the process will then be assessed for its sustainability, suitability and deliverability for different purposes and may be considered for inclusion in the new draft Island Plan.

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Pictured: Deputy John Young, the Environment Minister.

“Islanders know their local areas best, and we want to use their knowledge to help us design the best plan for Jersey,” the Minister for the Environment, Deputy John Young, said.

“Identifying land in this way does not determine it future use, but it helps to identify sites in the Island which might be suitable for development or protection from development.

“Land identified through the Call for Sites may or may not be included in the new draft Island Plan, but the land identified through this process will be assessed for its sustainability, suitability and deliverability for different purposes.

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Pictured: The Island Plan covers, among other things, where buildings can and can't be built.

“The Island Plan is at the heart of the planning system; it doesn’t just govern where buildings can and can’t be built, but determines how we will protect our natural environment and shape the island that our children will grow up in. This plan is the public’s chance to influence and shape the future and help keep Jersey a unique and special place to live.”

All the submissions - but not the identities of those submitting them - will be published in the future as part of the draft Island Plan, which will be subject to further public consultation in the summer of 2020.

The final draft of the Island Plan 2022 – 2030 will be presented to the States Assembly for debate in 2021. 

READ MORE about consultation on the new Island Plan...

Pictured top: Aerial view of St. Clement and Le Rocquier School. (Danrok/Wiki)

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