This supplementary planning guidance has been developed and issued as a draft for consultation in accord with part of Proposal 20 of the bridging Island Plan which states that the Minister for the Environment will review, and issue revised supplementary planning guidance setting out new design standards for the design and specification of new homes to ensure that new residential accommodation can provide islanders with good quality homes.
This guidance has been prepared following engagement with the Housing and Regeneration Team in the Cabinet Office. The consultation programme will include formal consultation with relevant ministers including the:
- Minister for Housing and Communities
- Minister for Health and Social Services
- Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture.
Draft supplementary planning guidance: residential space standards.
The island has adopted and used residential space standards, setting out the minimum requirements for the development of new States rental and first-time buyer homes, since 1985. This was adopted as supplementary planning guidance, in 1991 and became applicable to all new housing, in 1994.
These standards were based on the Parker Morris Standards, and the subsequent UK Ministry of Housing’s Ministry of Housing's Design Bulletin 6 – Space in the Home, which became mandatory in the UK in 1967. The mandatory nature of the standards was withdrawn by the UK Government in the 1980s, but the standards have remained, as guidance, in Jersey throughout this time. This has served the island well and has ensured that much of the island’s housing stock is built to a reasonable standard.
Despite changes to the island’s demography, the way we live, and current expectations, the Jersey standards have not been comprehensively reviewed since 1994. Some minor changes to them were made, relating to a 10% increase to the minimum house sizes in 2009, but no further changes have been made since.
You can comment on the draft residential space standards consultation through one of the following: