14 February 2022
The Minister for Housing and Communities, Deputy Russell Labey, has launched a survey to further understand the future needs of homeowners in Jersey.
The online questionnaire focusses on "right sizing" and how the Government can help Islanders to live in homes that are the right size for their needs.
Deputy Russell Labey said: "In Jersey, many families are looking for larger homes, while at the same time statistics suggest many people live in homes that are bigger than their current needs.
"In my Creating Better Homes action plan I have made a commitment to develop a right sizing policy for Jersey to help support homeowners who wish to move to smaller, more suitable property but might need some help to do it. This, in turn, will help increase the supply of larger houses for families, for example.
"Participating in this survey will provide us with valuable evidence to help us develop a practical and achievable policy that meets the needs of local homeowners and supports the availability of family homes in the future.
"The survey is aimed at homeowners who are thinking about moving at some point, but if you don't own a home, or are a homeowner but not thinking about moving somewhere smaller, we're still keen to hear from you too and you can use the survey to provide your comments."
The need for homes to enable right sizing was also highlighted in feedback to the draft Bridging Island Plan consultation, and the Minister for Housing and Communities intends to work with the Minister for the Environment to ensure an element of right sizing accommodation can be provided on new housing developments in the Island.
The survey is available on www.gov.je/rightsizing until 14 March 2022. Islanders without access to the internet or needing help to complete the survey can also call 01534 444 444 (select option 6).