A report on the findings of a recent inquiry on changes to the 2011 Island Plan is expected to be released in the third week of February.
A planning inquiry (called an ‘Examination in Public’) was held recently by independent UK planning inspectors Chris Shepley and Alan Langton to review the Planning and Environment Minister’s proposals to update the plan.
The existing Island Plan was adopted by the States in 2011. The Planning and Environment Minister, Deputy Rob Duhamel wants to update sections of it, mainly to address the need for affordable homes.
The planning inquiry was held between 14 January and Thursday 23 January. It was held to help the inspectors understand all the issues in an open and frank discussion.
The inspectors invited people involved in planning, the environment, heritage, architecture, and the building industry as well as others interested in the issues and those directly affected by some of the proposed changes, to attend the inquiry and give their views. Some States Members chose to participate in the inquiry too.
The examination highlighted a number of alternative views to those presented in the draft consultation document and the inspectors have now gone away to review all the information before submitting a final report in February.
The Planning and Environment Minister put forward a closing statement at the inquiry which sets out his response to questions and comments raised at the inquiry.
Deputy Duhamel said: “I would like to thank everyone that took the time and effort to take part in the examination in public and to play their part in shaping our Island community.
“Planning has an important and long lasting impact of our landscape and quality of life. There are few black and white answers to the challenges our community faces in planning terms, but I hope this inquiry has gone some way to highlighting the many and varied complexities of planning and allow people to express their point of view.”
- Week commencing 17 February – the inspectors formally release their final report.
- March 2014 – Planning Minister to lodge a report and proposition in the States with final proposals on changes to the plan.
- States Members will have six weeks to submit further potential amendments.
- If there are any amendments submitted that have not already been discussed at the Examination in Public, a further second (though more limited) Examination in Public is required within the 12 week lodging period.
- June 2014 – States debate.