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Planning appeals – can we improve the process?

DepartmentInfrastructure and Environment
Start date16/03/2013
End date26/04/2013
Type of consultationGreen paper
Deadline for comments26/04/2013

About the consultation

​If you want to appeal against a planning decision in Jersey, you have to apply to the Royal Court. The court does not rule on whether the planning decision was right or wrong, only whether the Minister for Planning and Environment has acted unreasonably in reaching that decision.
The system was simplified some years ago, but the planning appeals process is still considered by many to be expensive, complicated and too formal. It is argued that this stops people from appealing against planning decisions. Three reports have also criticised aspects of the planning appeals process and proposed changes to the system to make it more accessible.
Planning decisions can have a lasting impact on Jersey’s landscape. They must be carefully considered, and take account of current policies, and of responsibilities to the community and to the Island’s character. The planning system should work in the interests of the community as a whole.
This Green Paper outlines the current appeals process and looks at how the system might be changed. It explores some of the issues that would be raised by altering the appeals process and the implications of setting up a new separate appeals body.
The Minister for Planning and Environment invites comments from Islanders with a view on the appeals process and relevant related issues. Depending on responses, a White Paper setting out further detailed options for consideration may be published in due course.

How to submit comments to the consultation

​Consultation closed

Responses to the consultation

​A summary of the comments received in connection with this consultation will be available shortly.
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