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People asked to have their say on new Island Plan

A consultation will start within the next few weeks for islanders to have their say on decisions for the Island Plan. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Work has started on the next Island Plan which will decide what and where to build in Jersey over the next ten years.

The plan sets the parameters for any new development and is designed to protect the natural environment.

The current Island Plan stops building on green land, which has prevented an affordable housing development in St Peter. There are also strict rules around historic buildings, which was a main factor when planners decided to go against approving the new hospital on Gloucester Street.

A review has started which will consider how to update policies for new developments, while looking at issues affecting the island such as the need for new homes, climate change and the impact of the ageing population.

Research is being carried out to make sure the policies are fit for purpose and a consultation will allow islanders to have their say.

More information can be found here.

This is difficult and challenging work and it is critical that islanders have their say at each stage. Before we start work on the detail, we will be seeking views on the strategic options to the challenges we face. This will help us to make sure we are taking the new Island Plan in the right direction.

This consultation will be launched in the coming weeks and will be the first of a number of opportunities for islanders to get involved, and I hope that everyone will. This is a chance to influence the plan to protect and enhance the things that make Jersey such a unique and special place to live.

– Deputy John Young, Jersey's Environment Minister