The Minister for Planning and Environment, Deputy Rob Duhamel, has approved new draft planning guidance on the use of 3D models. The guidance, which is now available for public consultation, outlines when 3D digital models of proposed developments are required and to what standard they should be produced.
The guidance aims to make new planning applications compatible with the existing States’ computer-generated 3D model of St Helier. By incorporating aerial photography and ground-level photo surveys into its 3D imagery, the model provides a more easily accessible and understandable visual representation of St Helier.
Following consultation on the draft guidance, architects and developers would be able to submit visual representations of their plans which could then be added into the existing 3D model. By viewing proposed developments in the context of this model, the Minister, Planning Applications Panel members, planners, developers and architects would be able to make better design development decisions. It would also allow the public to make more informed comments on the future development and regeneration of the town.
Deputy Duhamel said, “The importance of urban development was highlighted in the 2011 Island Plan and one of the key outcomes of the plan is the ‘Vision for St Helier’ strategy. The 3D model is a really exciting project and valuable tool in delivering that strategy. It will provide a highly accessible resource which will give the public the chance to see a development as it would look within the existing urban landscape.”
The urban model project will have a number of benefits, including:
• Enhancing understanding of the form of the built environment
• Providing an accessible and easy way for people to assess the potential impact of development proposals and improve the consultation process
• Assisting in the regeneration of St Helier
• Improving the design quality of new developments
• Providing a record of town development
• Providing a versatile way of showcasing development in Jersey.
The draft guidance can be found online at www.gov.je/consult and will be available for consultation for four weeks until 23rd July 2012. At the end of this period, the draft guidance will be reviewed and amended in the light of the comments received, prior to formal adoption.