Change of use of agricultural land (FOI)
Change of use of agricultural land (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 15 April 2021.
Prepared internally, no external costs.
Since 2013 has the Planning Department and the Planning Committee sought to more strictly interpret and / or apply the policies of the Island Plan in order to refuse planning applications which seek to change the use of agricultural fields to domestic uses including use as a garden and / or as part of the domestic curtilage?
If there was such a change in the interpretation / application of the policies of the Island Plan as aforementioned, when did this occur and how was it notified to the public?
How many applications for development of an agricultural field to be used for domestic use or as domestic curtilage have been approved or rejected by the Planning Department / Committee in 2019 to 2020?
Has the planning department taken enforcement action against any landowners where an agricultural field has been used as a garden or as domestic curtilage and where the deemed use is agricultural?
A and B
The current Island Plan was approved in 2011 and revised in 2014. If it appears, anecdotally, that the policy position has tightened to generally resist allowing fields or parts of fields to be turned into domestic gardens, then there is good reason. Both Policy NE6 (Coastal National Park) and NE7 (Green Zone) of the current Island Plan state, in their opening paragraphs, that there will be a general presumption against the loss of agricultural land to extend domestic curtilage.
The fact that this has been highlighted in both of these policies suggests that, during the drafting of the current Plan, the protection of such land was regarded as a policy priority. The tightening of policy suggested in the question has therefore been in place since the current Island Plan was adopted. The Planning Department and Planning Committee must apply the policies of the Plan, taking into account all of the material considerations at play in any given application.
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This information is partially exempt under Article 23 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law as all Enforcement Notices issued during the last five years are already available for you to view on-line at the following address:
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