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About the Island Plan Review

About the Island Plan Review

In 2019 the Minister for the Environment launched the Island Plan Review Programme, with a view of developing a new 10 year Island Plan for the 2021 to 2030 period. However, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that it is no longer possible to deliver an Island Plan as originally envisaged. To best respond to the current context, the Minister has announced his intention to develop a shorter-term ‘bridging’ plan that will exist between two longer-term plans (the current Island Plan 2011 to 2021; and a future Island Plan 2025 to 2034). 

The new bridging Island Plan will set the means to facilitate the island’s positive future growth over a period of significant uncertainty and provide a new framework against which planning decisions will be made. The plan will be key to ensuring that we can deliver sustainable development that will meet the needs of the community, as we balance the future economic, environmental and social needs of the island in a way that is best for Jersey and which reflects the vision and aspirations of islanders. Whilst the bridging Island Plan will be in force for a shorter period of time than the usual 10-year Island Plan, it will nevertheless be equally as comprehensive in scope and applied in the same way, to further the purpose of the Planning and Building (Jersey) Law 2002.

The States Assembly adopted the current Island Plan in 2011. Much has changed since then and there is a need to evidence and respond to current economic, environmental and social challenges faced by the island. The review will need to consider how best to deal with:

  • the need for homes
  • safeguarding the environment
  • supporting the economy
  • mitigating the impacts of climate change
  • responding to our ageing population
  • securing good design and creating better places

We are aiming for a new plan to be adopted early 2022.

The review process

Reviewing the Island Plan is a big task involving several stages in order to develop a plan that is based on evidence and which has engaged islanders. Because of the delays to the programme caused by the pandemic, changes to the plan development and adoption process have been required.

The draft Island Plan, which will include detailed draft polices, plans and proposals, will be subject to extensive public consultation before being considered by an independent planning inspector at an Examination in Public. The inspector will submit a report to the Minister for the Environment who will then lodge final proposed amendments ahead of a debate in the States to seek approval of the Plan.

Island Plan Review timeline

We are currently at Stage 4 of the process.

Island Plan 2022-2025: the process timeline

​Stage​ActionsDate​Documents and publications
Stage 1: Scoping and research
  • Scope and develop the evidence base requirements
  • Commission reports and studies
  • Explore initial strategic issues and options
  • Develop Sustainability Appraisal
Summer 2019 ​
  • ​Issues and options paper published
  • ​Consultation on issues and options
Stage 2: Develop draft Island Plan ​ ​
  • ​Consider consultation responses to issues and options
  • Undertake Sustainability Appraisal
  • Review evidence base
  • Evaluate options
  • Member and stakeholder engagement
  • Develop draft plan
Winter 2019Call for sites​
​Summer / Autumn 2020​Reports and studies published
​​Stage 3: Independent examination ​              ​
  • Public consultation on draft Island Plan
  • Draft Island Plan lodged for States Members’ amendments
  • Inspectors’ review of draft Island Plan and associated evidence, States
  • Members’ amendments and public consultation responses

​Spring 2021 ​
  • Draft Island Plan published and Lodged au Greffe
  • Public Consultation on draft Island Plan
  • Outcome of Call for Sites published 

​Summer / Late 2021
  • ​​Independent examination in public
  • Inspector's report published
​Stage 4: States approval ​
  • Minister considers Inspectors' report and possible further amendments
  • States debate and adopt Island Plan
  • Island Plan 2022 to 2025 becomes new policy for planning decisions

​​Early 2022
  • ​Draft Island Plan published
  • Adopted Island Plan published​

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