Tuesday 11 February 2020
The second Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) for Guernsey's Island Development Plan (IDP), covering 2018, has been published today.
The AMR supports a Policy Letter that has also been published today that sets out the Development & Planning Authority's (D&PA) proposed five year review of the IDP.
The 2018 AMR is available on the States' website here https://gov.gg/planningpolicy. It contains a wealth of information on how the IDP is performing in delivering its six Plan Objectives, the States' Strategic Land Use Plan (SLUP) and the States' priorities in the Future Guernsey Plan.
The IDP was approved by the States in 2016 and has a 10-year lifespan. In accordance with the requirements of the SLUP and the IDP there is to be a five-year review of the IDP to ensure there is sufficient land supply available for housing and employment (offices, industry and storage & distribution) uses for the remainder of the Plan period.
The D&PA in response to concerns raised about the IDP has proposed to widen the scope of the five-year review to include the issues identified by the D&PA in its Action Plan - the Action Plan is available here https://gov.gg/dpaplan2019.
This Policy Letter has been published and is available here https://gov.gg/StatesMeetings. The intention of the propositions is to allow the States to debate and agree the scope of the five-year review beyond the subjects required by the SLUP and IDP (housing and employment land) and so that there is continuity over the change in Government. Any additional work added to the scope through amendments laid during debate could have an impact on the timescales and costs involved.
The additional areas of focus proposed by the D&PA to be addressed in the review are:
- Areas of Biodiversity Importance;
- Development Frameworks thresholds and process;
- Development of greenfield land and prioritisation of brownfield land for residential purposes in Centres;
- Important Open Land;
- Agriculture Priority Areas; and,
- Visitor accommodation.
Work is underway on the review of housing and employment land supply and the project is on track for delivery by November 2021 (five years from the adoption of the IDP in November 2016).
Deputy Dawn Tindall, President, D&PA said:
'The AMR is a wide ranging review of the most important areas of planning policy for which the D&PA is responsible and is informed by valuable contributions from States' Committees and stakeholders for which the D&PA is grateful. The AMR highlights where the D&PA will continue to work in partnership with other Committees and stakeholder organisations to help deliver the IDP, SLUP and a number of aspects of the Policy & Resource Plan and other States' strategies.
'Whilst the AMR has shown that the policies of the IDP are effective and relevant and are delivering the land use aspects of the States' priorities, the D&PA acknowledged its Action Plan that there were elements of the IDP which some felt were not working as intended. So, as I stated during the IDP Requête debate in 2019,the Policy Letter with amendable Propositions gives another opportunity, during this political term, for Members to raise concerns, or ideas for further research and analysis, and guide the future of the IDP.'
The AMR for 2018 can be accessed via the States' website at https://gov.gg/planningpolicy or copies are available to view during normal office hours or purchase at cost for £15.50 from the Planning Service at Sir Charles Frossard House, La Charroterie, St Peter Port.