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Deputy, ROBERT DUHAMEL Minister for Planning and Environment


Island Plan 2011 A new framework for change


As the Minister for Planning and Environment, I want to use the new Island Plan to help deliver some of my key planning objectives over the next three years of my ministerial term of office.


These are all inter-related and include the delivery of a more sustainable pattern of development in the Island, brought about by the regeneration of Jersey’s urban environments. Residential regeneration, to include the delivery of more and truly affordable family homes on States-owned land will be critical to this. As will the greater engagement of local communities in the shaping of their own neighbourhoods.


I’ve set out a part of my vision here: At the heart of planning The States of Jersey approved the new Island Plan in June 2011, after nearly 40 hours of debate and the consideration of over 50 amendments. Its adoption represented the culmination of the most open process of plan-making undertaken in Jersey, involving the engagement of hundreds of islanders.


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This intense interest in the plan, and the plan-making process, is not only healthy, but reflectis the significance of this important policy document, which now provides the framework against which all planning decisions will be assessed over the next ten years.


A sustainable future for Jersey The 2011 Island Plan will influence how land and buildings will be developed and, as a consequence, will help shape Jersey’s response to the global challenges of climate change and the sustainable use of resources, including land, buildings, energy and water. The Plan also seeks to address the immediate challenges of meeting the Island’s development needs, for homes and jobs, in a way that does not harm the special qualities of its natural and historic environment.


A key thrust of the new Plan is to encourage and focus new development activity in the Island’s urban environment, and in so doing, to protect its coast and countryside, whilst regenerating the urban fabric of St Helier in particular, without threatening its intrinsic qualities and charm.


Residential regeneration The current economic climate poses some particular challenges for development activity generally whilst also making home ownership for ordinary people, who are perhaps faced with greater individual economic uncertainty and rising costs, more difficult.


One of the consequences of Jersey’s prosperity has, until very recently, been a continual increase in land and property prices. Housing is and remains a very expensive commodity in Jersey and whilst many local families have profited from these increases, others find themselves further from the goal of owning their own home.


Because of lifestyle changes and the way that a modern western society lives, people are forming smaller households, which means that even if our overall population level remains static, we need more homes. The Island Plan recognises this and the need for homes to be made truly affordable.


As a major landowner, the States of Jersey has recognised that the use of some of its own land can help to


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