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Information about the draft Bridging Island Plan Examination in Public (EiP)

Watch the Examination in Public

The Examination in Public has now begun. You are able to view the EiP live and watch recordings of each session. To watch the EiP live or to view recordings of previous sessions, click on the button below.

How to watch the Examination in Public

About the EiP

Introduction

Although hosted on the Government's website, this webpage is under the direction and the sole responsibility of Helen Wilson, the independent Programme Officer.

Date and venue of EiP hearings

Week 1 of the hearings will be held from Monday 15 November 2021 at 10am to Thursday 18 November 2021. 

Following a request from the Minister for the Environment, to take into account the sitting of the States Assembly, the Inspectors have agreed that Week 2 of the hearings will be held from Monday 29 November 2021 to Thursday 2 December 2021. 

The hearings will take place in The Member's Room, Société Jersiaise, 7 Pier Road, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4XW. ​

The lift at the venue is not presently operational. If you are in need of assistance to attend the examination, please contact the Programme Officer by email progofficer@aol.com or phone +44 (0) 151 3523863

Venue arrangements
For those attending one or more of the EiP sessions which commence next Monday 15 November 2021 at the Members Room, Société Jersiaise, set out below are the arrangements which will be in place to ensure that the sessions can be run in a Covid-19 secure way:
  • all participants are encouraged to undertake a lateral flow test prior to arrival at an EiP session. Lateral flow tests are available to all islanders for free
  • signs will be in place at the venue to remind people to use hand sanitiser provided and to recommend the voluntary use of masks, particularly for those not participating in EiP discussions.
  • hand sanitisers, wipes and masks to be available upon entry to the venue.
  • sign in required on entry, and sign out on exit via Trax.
  • physical distancing to be maintained between staff, Planning Inspectors, Programme Officer, participants, members of the public, where possible. Mixing between participation groups to be limited.
  • should an individual arrive with or begin to display Covid-19 symptoms, they will be asked to leave, return to their homes to isolate and call the GoJ Coronavirus hotline for a PCR test.
  • the venue will be well ventilated upon arrival (open windows) and microphones/tables/touchpoints sanitised at regular intervals.
  • there is a total 80 person limit for the Members Room at the Société. When the capacity of 80 persons is reached, surplus or new public visitors will be asked to leave and instead watch the EiP online via the livestream or view the recording later.
Please be assured, the Covid-19 situation will continue to be monitored. If the number of Covid-19 cases rise and should it be considered that the risk is escalating, participants at the EiP will be asked to volunteer for virtual participation, to reduce the number of people congregating at the venue. Similarly, in the context of rising Covid-19 cases, if a participant feels anxious about attending the venue in person, develops Covid-19 symptoms or has a positive Covid-19 test result, please contact the Programme Officer who will arrange for virtual participation.
 
Also please note that presently access to the Members Room and the bathrooms at Société Jersiaise is only via stairs (unfortunately the lift is out of order). Those participants who are unable to use stairs to access the Members Room and the bathrooms will be able to view/participate in the EiP remotely online. If you are unable to privately access the EiP remotely online please contact the Programme Officer. A room at the Government of Jersey offices on Broad Street will be used as a space for participants unable to attend the EiP in person nor access the EiP online privately.

Inspectors

The appointed planning inspectors are:

  • Lead Inspector, Keith Holland BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI ARICS
  • Assistant Principal Inspector, Geoff Salter BA MRTPI
  • Assistant Senior Inspector, Derek Stebbing BA (Hons) DipEP MRTPI has also been appointed to provide support to the Lead and Assistant Principal Inspectors

Terms of reference

View the planning inspectors' terms of reference

Programme Officer

Ms Helen Wilson has also been appointed as Programme Officer to assist the inspectors with the administration of the EiP.

Helen Wilson, IP Programme Officer
c/o Government of Jersey
Strategic Policy, Planning and Performance
19-21 Broad Street
St Helier
Jersey
JE2 3RR

Phone: +44 (0) 151 3523863
Mobile: +44 (0) 7879 443035
Email: progofficer@aol.com

Guidance notes

​Current guidance note
​Date published
Inspectors Guidance Note 
​4 November 2021
Previous guidance note
Date published​
Inspectors Guidance Note
​18 October 2021
Inspectors Guidance Note
11 October 2021
​Inspectors Guidance Note
22 September 2021

Hearings programme

Current hearings programme
​Date published
EiP Final Hearing Programme (2)
​26 November 2021
​Previous hearings programmes
​Date published
​EiP Final Hearings Programme (1)
​12 November 2021
​EiP Hearings Programme
4 November 2021
EiP Draft Hearings Programme
​18 October 2021
EiP Hearings Programme
11 October 2021
EiP Draft Hearings Programme
22 September 2021

Briefing note: participation at the hearing sessions

The Examination in Public (EiP) of the Bridging Island Plan involves a full and demanding programme of matters to consider. Unlike previous Island EiPs, the Inspectors are considering both public representations and States Members amendments at the same time, alongside the responses to these from the Minister.

The Inspectors are issuing this briefing note to advise participants how the hearing sessions will be run and it will also be of interest to those who wish to observe proceedings. This briefing note is intended to supplement the Guidance Note from the Inspectors, which has been further updated and republished on 4 November 2021 (previously published 22 September; 11 and 18 October 2021).

Practical matters on the day

On arrival at the EiP venue, participants will be asked to sign the attendance register. For the thematic hearing sessions, participants will be handed a nameplate.

There will normally be short breaks during the morning and afternoon sessions; the length and timing of breaks will be flexible depending on the progress of the debate.

All mobile phones must be switched off while the EiP is in session.

All sessions will be open to the public to observe. Participants may also attend, as observers, any session to which they have not been invited, but they will not be able to take part in the discussion. Please note a seat at the venue to observe the proceedings cannot be guaranteed or reserved and will be on a first come first served basis. However, all proceedings will be live streamed and recorded. An event risk assessment is being undertaken to review COVID-19 safety at the venue and any mitigation actions necessary will be implemented as appropriate.

Other than the official recordings and photography, no video and sound recording or photography is permitted during the EiP.

Participants should not engage with the Inspectors except during the sessions, when invited to do so.

As of 3.2 in the guidance note if any special assistance or particular facilities are required at the examination, participants should contact the Programme Officer in advance, to enable appropriate arrangements to be made.  

Round Table (Thematic) Hearing Sessions

The thematic hearing sessions start at 10am and 2pm. The times will be the same for each day. There will be a lunch break of around 60 minutes between the morning and afternoon sessions. The Inspectors will make every effort to keep to the programme; however, last minute changes may be unavoidable (see also Section 4 below).

On the first day, the Inspectors will make a brief opening introduction, setting out the purpose and format of the hearing sessions as well as any other relevant procedural and administrative matters. Following the introduction, on the first day the Minister for the Environment (represented by the Island Plan Review Team) will make a statement. Thereafter, each hearing session will follow the programme and list of matters and issues/questions set by the Inspectors.

The examination will take the form of a discussion led by one of the Inspectors and based on the selected matters. The Inspectors will control the proceedings, adopting an inquisitorial approach and explore matters and issues/questions by questioning participants.

Participants will sit at tables arranged in a U-shape. Each organisation, group or individual participating in a particular session will have one speaking point at the table, occupied by one spokesperson at a time. Any additional representatives will need to seek to sit in public seating in as close proximity as practicable to the table (subject to seating availability) and "hot-seat" at an appropriate time if necessary.

The EiP Programme sets out the specific participants that will be required at the table for each session. For certain sessions, all participants will not sit at the table for the entire duration of the session. However, all participants should be present at the start time of the session. There may be a changeover of participants before moving onto the next issue/question (as set out in the EiP Programme). Where there is a changeover during the hearing session, there will be a short pause to proceedings to enable the relevant participants to leave or join the table. If participants are not scheduled to participate in any further discussion on the issues/questions, they may leave the venue, providing disruption is kept to a minimum.

The Inspector will draw participants into the discussion in a logical order, reflecting their likely contributions. The representative of the Minister for the Environment will be invited to respond at appropriate points.

Participants wishing to speak should signal their desire to the Inspectors by standing their nameplate on end. Participants will be asked to introduce themselves every time they speak, unless the Inspectors have called upon them by name.

Contributions to the debates should be kept brief and be relevant to the matter under discussion. The Inspectors will curtail any contributions that are excessively long, or go into irrelevant matters or inappropriate detail.

There may be no need for every participant to speak during a discussion. For example, there will be no need to take time repeating or agreeing with matters that have already been covered by others, or in the written material already submitted.

The Inspectors will be eliciting information that may add to, not repeat, what has already been clearly set out in the initial and further representations (which will be taken as read). Participants will not be permitted to submit and/or circulate additional material at the examination, unless this results from a request by the Inspectors.

The Inspectors will expect participants to have read the documents relevant to a particular session. The reading out of prepared statements, or the formal presentation of evidence already submitted will not be permitted.

The informal nature of the sessions means that it will not be necessary for participants to have legal representation. There will be no formal cross-examination of participants. Any questions concerning statements made by other participants should be raised through the Inspectors.

When discussion on an issue has reached the point at which no more is likely to be said to assist the Inspector's conclusions, the Inspector will move on to explore the next issue. Therefore, given the volume of matters to get through, specific timings within each morning and afternoon session have not been given.

There is an expectation that all participants will respect the parameters set by the Inspectors in order to ensure the effective running of the EiP.

Plenary session

The Inspectors recognise the Plenary Session provides an important and open opportunity to address the Inspectors.

Separately from the round table (thematic) sessions, anyone who has made a representation on the Plan, but has not been invited to contribute on a particular matter at the thematic sessions, has been given the opportunity to express their intention to appear and be heard at the Plenary Session.

The session will be as informal as possible. The Plenary Session will not take the form of a debate, rather each person will be invited to address the Inspectors in turn, for a period of up to five minutes.

The Inspectors may ask questions and the Minister for Environment or his representatives will be invited to respond to the points made

Participants should bear in mind that the Inspectors will have already read the representations in full. There is likely to be no practical value in simply repeating verbally what has already been submitted in writing, since written representations and verbal representations will be afforded equal weight.

Programme and participant changes

It is anticipated that the published 4 November 2021 EiP Programme will not be subject to further substantive changes. Should any revisions become necessary, participants will be informed by the Programme Officer. However, it remains the ultimate responsibility of participants to ensure that they keep themselves up to date. 

Participants who have been invited and have agreed to attend are expected to attend all sessions concerning the matter(s) for which they have been selected. Should a participant become unable to attend a session, they are asked to notify the Programme Officer as soon as possible beforehand. Organisations may substitute a named individual with another named person at any stage before the EiP, and should notify the Programme Officer if they intend to do so. Similarly where an individual has been invited but find they are unable to attend, a representative on their behalf may be put forward for consideration by the Inspectors by notifying the Programme Officer.

Examination news

15 November 2021

The Minister for the Environment has opened the Examination in Public. You can view the Ministers speech here.

4 November 2021

The final Hearings Programme and Guidance Note have been published by the Planning Inspectors.

The Further Representations have now been published.

1 November 2021

The Minister for the Environment has published Statement Response 26a - Provision of affordable homes, which is an addition to Part 3 of the draft Bridging Island Plan: Post-consultation report.

25 October 2021

The Minister for the Environment has published Statement Response 59a - Visitor accommodation, which is an addition to Part 3 of the draft Bridging Island Plan: Post-consultation report.

15 October 2021

Examination in Public (EiP) Programme – Notice of Major Revision to Scheduling of Week 2

The Inspectors appointed to examine the draft Bridging Island Plan are currently inviting further representations on certain matters to inform the EiP, with a closing date for receipt of responses by 5pm Friday 22 October 2021. The EiP Programme was published, along with the invitation to submit further representations, on 11 October 2021.

Week 2 of the EiP was previously scheduled to take place from Monday, 22 November to Thursday, 25 November 2021. Following a request from the Minister of the Environment, to take into account the sitting of the States Assembly during that week, the Inspectors have agreed that the proposed Week 2 of the EiP hearing sessions will now be held from Monday, 29 November to Thursday, 2 December 2021. 

Week 1 of the EiP hearing session is presently scheduled to be held from Monday, 15 November to Thursday, 18 November 2021 (with Day 5, Friday, 19 November 2021 in reserve for overruns) and this remains unchanged.

An updated EiP Programme has been published (as at 18 October 2021) to reflect the rescheduled hearing dates. The Inspectors intend to issue a revised, final EiP Programme following the consideration of the further representations received. However, it is not envisaged any further major date changes will be necessary.

All proposed participants identified (at this stage) for Week 2 have been contacted directly by the Programme Officer.

Please contact the Programme Officer if you have any questions - progofficer@aol.com

11 October 2021

Inspectors' Invitation to submit Further Representations

Following consideration of the comments received on the Draft List, the Inspectors are publishing the EiP Programme/Timetable and are inviting formal further representations in relation to certain matters.

Article 10 of the Planning and Building (Covid-19 Bridging Island Plan) (Jersey) Order 2021, limits these representations to be made only by:

  • a States Member, or member of the public, who has submitted an initial representation
  • any other person invited by the Inspector to do so.

The Inspectors are now inviting further representations as follows:

  1. Anyone who has submitted an initial representation may submit a further representation in relation to matters which have previously been raised by any representation to the draft Bridging Island Plan (both public representations and States Members' Amendments); matters raised by the Minister for the Environment's Post-Consultation Report; matters to be addressed as set out in the EiP Programme; or matters to be raised at the Plenary session (where material to the Plan).

    Where referring to an initial representation made by another party during the formal public consultation period on the draft Bridging Island Plan, please ensure the relevant response reference is provided.

    A further representation can be made whether or not you have been invited and agreed to participate at the thematic hearing sessions or have elected to appear and be heard at the plenary session. Where you are to be a participant at a thematic or plenary hearing session, you must identify any substantive points which you wish to expand on at the hearing session. There will be no opportunity to submit sepavrate statements.

    Please note, there is no need or value in repeating any initial representation you may have made, which will have been read and considered by the Inspectors. However, if necessary, you may supplement or replace any points previously made in your initial representation.

  2. Where an initial representation has not otherwise been made, the Inspectors are inviting new representations (which may be made by any person who has a legitimate interest) on the following matters of significance that have emerged, with particular reference to:

    1. the alternative sites for affordable housing suggested by SR 26 (page 79) Part 3 of the Minister for the Environment's Post-Consultation Report, listed in Appendix 2 to the EiP Programme.
    2. the alternative policy options posed by the Minister for the Environment for further consideration, including those further changes which the Minister is minded to make, as set out in Part 3: Statement Responses of his Post-Consultation Report
    3. the sites suggested for allocation in the initial representations received to the draft Bridging Island Plan consultation (non-allocated sites), set out in the list at Appendix 3 of the EiP Programme.
    4. the modifications described as substantive in Part 6 of the Minister for the Environment's Post-Consultation Report
    5. the changes suggested by States Members amendments that the Minister for the Environment is minded to accept in Part 5 of his Post-Consultation Report

The initial representations made can be viewed at the draft Bridging Island Plan consultation website

The Minster's for the Environment's Post-Consultation Report (which includes the States Members Amendments – see Part 5)

A further representation must be limited to a maximum of 1,500 words in length. The word limit does not include any concise supplementary documents that are submitted to accompany the further representation.

It must include your name and postal address. Where making a new representation in relation to 2. above, you must also indicate in your response whether you wish to receive circulated information as to documents published in the EiP (see also Notes below).

Further representations must be submitted in writing to the Programme Officer by 5pm on Friday 22 October 2021. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, late submissions will not be accepted. These should be emailed to progofficer@aol.com or posted to:

Helen Wilson, IP Programme Officer
c/o Government of Jersey
Strategic Policy, Planning and Performance
19-21 Broad Street
St Helier
Jersey
JE2 3RR

Notes:

Following the closing date for receipt of further representations, all responses will be posted on the Examination website, so that they are available to all participants and anyone else who wishes to read them. Because they will be available in this way, they will not be circulated directly to participants. However, anyone who is unable to access them on the website may request copies from the Programme Officer.

Further changes may be necessary to the EiP Programme following consideration of the further representations. Participants will be informed by the Programme Officer of any changes. However, it remains the ultimate responsibility of participants to ensure that they keep themselves up to date

If you made a representation during the draft Bridging Island Plan consultation, you should previously have been contacted by the Programme Officer inviting you to comment on the Draft List and/or request to be heard during the EiP hearings. If you have not been contacted but believe you should have been, please email the Programme Officer. 

If you did not submit comments during the draft Bridging Island Plan consultation but an issue or site of particular interest to you has since arisen as a result of the consultation, you may contact the planning inspectors via the Programme Officer to request to be included at this late stage. You must provide a clear reason in your request, and any late inclusion into the process will be at the Inspectors' discretion.

22 September 2021

Draft list of topics and participants
A Draft List of matters and participants for the proposed Examination in Public Session (EiP) has been drawn up by the Inspectors and is based on the representations submitted during the consultation period (including States Members Amendments), the Minister's responses, and any others identified to be invited to attend. The Draft List can be viewed on the Examination website.

The Inspectors now wish to provide an opportunity for those with an interest in the EiP to comment on the scope of the matters that have been selected and the list of proposed participants. It also provides an opportunity for any party that has made a representation to express a wish to participate at a thematic hearing session (if selected by the Inspectors) and an open plenary hearing session.

The Inspectors have sought to keep the number of participants in the proposed sessions to numbers that will allow for a manageable debate. Large numbers will make debate difficult. However, it is essential that the Inspectors are able to ensure that there will be a sufficient range of different points of view for each matter to be discussed, whilst also aiming to adopt a proportionate approach and avoid too much duplication i.e. not having too many participants making very similar points.

For further information about the EiP, parties are urged to refer to the Guidance Note from the Inspectors which is being published alongside the Draft List. Any further questions which are not dealt with in the Guidance Note should be addressed to the Programme Officer.

Comments on the Draft List, which were limited at this initial stage to the scope of the matters which have been selected or the list of participants, were submitted to the Programme Officer by 2pm on Tuesday 5 October 2021. Comments were emailed to progofficer@aol.com or posted to:

Helen Wilson, IP Programme Officer
c/o Government of Jersey 
Strategic Policy, Planning and Performance
19-21 Broad Street
St Helier 
Jersey 
JE2 3RR

Following consideration of comments received, the Inspectors will be revising and updating the Draft List to form the EiP Programme. An opportunity will then be provided to make formal 'Further Representations': please refer to the Guidance Note from the Inspectors for more details.

If you made a representation during the draft Bridging Island Plan consultation, you will have been contacted by the Programme Officer inviting you to comment on the draft list and/or request to be heard during the Examination public hearings. If you have not been contacted but believe you should have been, please email the Programme Officer.

If you did not submit comments during the draft Bridging Island Plan consultation but an issue or site of particular interest to you has since arisen as a result of the consultation, you may contact the planning inspectors via the Programme Officer to request to be included at this late stage. You must provide a clear reason in your request, and any late inclusion into the process will be at the Inspectors discretion.

Supporting documents

Minister for the Environment key reports
CD1.1
Strategic Issues and Options: findings report
11 December 2019
CD1.2 Island Plan Review in-committee debate report (R.66/2020)14 July 2020
CD1.3 Island Plan Review in-committee debate: output summary (R.166/2020)5 October 2020
CD1.4 Preferred Strategy Report23 October 2020
CD1.5 Strategic Issues and Options: findings report11 December 2019
CD1.6 Island Plan Review in-committee debate report (R.66/2020)14 July 2020
CD1.7 Island Plan Review in-committee debate: output summary (R.166/2020)5 October 2020
Specific studies
CD2.1 Jersey Integrated Landscape and Seascape Character Assessment (ILSCA)16 October 2020
CD2.2 Jersey's Coastal National Park Boundary Review24 February 2021
CD2.3 Historic Environment Review18 February 2021
CD2.4 Employment Land Study24 March 2021
CD2.5 Objective Assessment of Housing Needs24 October 2019
CD2.6 St Helier Urban Character Appraisal31 March 2021
CD2.7 Public Realm and Movement Strategy Stage 231 March 2021
CD2.8
Public Realm and Movement Strategy Stage 331 March 2021
CD2.9 Jersey Landscape Sensitivity Assessment (2020)19 April 2021
CD2.10 St Helier Open Space Survey Results (2018)11 April 2018
CD2.11 St Helier Open Space Audit (2018)22 April 2021
CD2.12 St Brelade Character Appraisal
21 April 2021
CD2.13 Infrastructure Capacity Study15 April 2021
CD2.14 Minerals, Waste and Water14 April 2021
CD2.15 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment­19 April 2021
Housing and other call for sites assessments​
CD3.1 Housing land availability and assessment of sites
21 April 2021
CD3.2 Protected and natural spaces: assessment of sites
21 April 2021
CD3.3 Employment land: assessment of sites21 April 2021
CD3.4 Community facilities and open space: assessment of sites21 April 2021
Impact assessments
CD4.1 Children's Rights Impact Assessment20 April 2021
CD4.2 Bridging Island Plan: Viability Note21 April 2021
CD4.3 Draft bridging Island Plan: Sustainability Appraisal
19 May 2021
CD4.4 Draft bridging Island Plan: Sustainability Appraisal Non-technical summary19 May 2021
CD4.5 Draft bridging Island Plan: Sustainability Appraisal Technical Annex19 May 2021
Additional information published
CD5.1 Existing and proposed Coastal National Park area comparison map 







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