24 October 2013
The Planning and Environment Minister is considering more than 200 responses to the Island Plan consultation before publicising his views on the findings at the start of next month.
The Island Plan sets out the planning policies for Jersey and was last published in 2011. Over the summer, Deputy Rob Duhamel published a review of key parts of the plan and asked for public comment on proposed changes.
Among the significant changes were proposals to rezone privately-owned land specifically for affordable housing, and a review of how States-owned land can meet Jersey’s housing needs.
“I am grateful to those people who have given their time to comment on my draft proposals to amend the Island Plan. I am giving them careful consideration and will publish my initial response to them shortly,” said Deputy Duhamel.
The Minister is expected to make his views on the consultation findings public in early November. On 21 November, independent planning inspector/s will outline the arrangements for an Examination in Public – an enquiry on the public response to the proposed changes, which will be held in January 2014.
At the November meeting, the inspector/s will also set out the proposed timetable and likely topics for the Examination in Public.
The inspector/s will invite a number of people who have made submissions to comment further at the public inquiry. Anyone who wants to make a submission to the inquiry, on a topic it is covering, may also contribute.
The inspector/s will publish their recommendations for the Minister to consider. Then a final set of proposals will be drafted, which take account of the public consultation and inquiry and will be put to the States for debate next year.