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Where should homes be built?

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ISLANDERS are being asked where homes should be built and which land should be protected from development over the next decade as part of a major consultation launched by the government.

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Sections of land can now be proposed for development or protection in the Island Plan as part of the Call for Sites consultation. Landowners, agents or people interested in certain areas have until Friday 14 February 2020 to submit their ideas.

The next Island Plan sets the agenda for building developments, the economy, housing, travel and transport between 2022 and 2030. A draft is due to be put out for public prior to debate in 2021. The current Island Plan was issued in 2011.

With housing remaining a major issue for the States – a report earlier this year indicated that 7,000 new homes would be needed in Jersey by 2030 – Islanders are being asked to submit their views on which parts of the Island should be free from development.

Environment Minister John Young said: ‘Islanders know their local areas best, and we want to use their knowledge to help us design the best plan for Jersey. Identifying land in this way does not determine it for future use, but it helps to identify sites in the Island which might be suitable for development or protection from development.

‘Land identified through the Call for Sites may or may not be included in the new draft Island Plan, but the land identified through this process will be assessed for its sustainability, suitability and deliverability for different purposes.

‘The Island Plan is at the heart of the planning system; it doesn’t just govern where buildings can and can’t be built, but determines how we will protect our natural environment and shape the Island that our children will grow up in. This plan is the public’s chance to influence and shape the future and help keep Jersey a unique and special place to live.’

The Call for Sites is the next stage of the review of the Island Plan. All the submissions – excluding the names of those who submitted them – are due to be published online. Information on the accepted sites – excluding the names of those who submitted them – are also due be included in the draft Island Plan.

To take part in the consultation, or for more information, visit gov.je and search for Island Plan.

Jack Maguire

By Jack Maguire
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