Guernsey To Publish Land-Use Plan

By Editorial 27 April, 2011

The Guernsey government has announced that it is progressing its Strategic Land Use Plan following public consultation on meeting housing and development needs in Guernsey over the next 10 to 20 years.

The announcement comes after a States Report in October 2010, which considered broad options for future land planning. A wide range of views, opinions and ideas have been collated following feedback from islanders through the 'Guernsey Tomorrow' initiative.

The Strategic Land Planning Group (SLPG), Chaired by Deputy Bernard Flouquet, is now to utilize the information to inform the production of a new Strategic Land Use Plan.

The review is particularly pertinent to financial services professionals looking to reside in Guernsey as housing is currently limited. With surplus demand, Guernsey house prices on the open market are markedly higher than on the 'closed market', for residents.

Deputy Chief Minister and Chair of the Strategic Land Planning Group, Flouquet said:

“The excellent public input gained through Guernsey Tomorrow now has to be considered and weighed up by our elected members in order to provide an appropriate steer for the new Strategic Land Use Plan.”

He added:

“This is a rare opportunity to shift the approach of land planning policy and every effort must be made to make sure changes are in the best interests of the community as a whole.”

“States Members met in March for the third and final States Member workshop of this fundamental review.  The States Member workshops enabled deputies to discuss issues that emerged from the public consultation and to add their views into the process of drafting the Strategic Land Use Plan.  Once adopted, the Plan could set the overall direction for land use across the island for the next 20 years.”

“Now that Guernsey Tomorrow has concluded, the Strategic Land Planning Group is focusing on drafting a Plan to be presented to the States of Deliberation later this year. Public involvement in the Plan has been invaluable in getting us to this stage. The ‘Guernsey Tomorrow’ initiative highlighted those things that people perceive to be the most important issues and how they would like to see those things addressed and we sincerely thank everyone who got involved.”

“While the process of developing a Strategic Land Use Plan will soon be complete, public involvement in the establishment of planning policy is by no means over.  The SLUP will set an overall strategy for land use and will guide the Environment’s subsequent review of the Urban and Rural Area Plans, to be undertaken by the Environment Department. This will involve consultation on detailed policies and further information on how Islanders can get involved will be made available in due course. The review of the Urban Area and Rural Area Plans will commence once the Strategic Land Use Plan has been debated and approved by the States."

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