Jersey Planning Permission Changes To Benefit Businesses
Thursday, February 23, 2012
New draft planning guidance is being considered by the Jersey government, which,
if approved, will provide greater protection for businesses with premises and
land holdings on the island.
The supplementary planning guidance, published by the Minister for Planning
and Environment, Rob Duhamel, has now been issued for consultation and will
call on developers to provide greater justification for changing the use of
land and buildings from one which provides employment.
The guidance seeks to support the policy set out in the new Island Plan to
protect land and buildings which provide employment and the department is keen
to get the views of the public before the guidance is adopted.
Duhamel said: “There is a clear need for the island’s economy to be protected
and allowed to regenerate, and importantly, for jobs to be protected and created.
To do this, business and commerce needs land and buildings and the planning
system can help to ensure that existing employment land is not lost to other
forms of development.”
He said that there can be pressure to redevelop employment land for other uses,
particularly for new homes, where higher land values can often be obtained,
and, at the same time sites available for new business development are scarce.
“The loss of any size of site in employment use can, therefore, be significant,
especially since a large proportion (77%) of the 5,700 businesses in Jersey
employ five or fewer people,” he said.
The draft guidance sets out to explain in more detail how the Island Plan policy
on the protection of employment land (Policy E1) will be operated, interpreted
and applied in decision making. It provides greater detail on the evidence that
is required to be submitted with planning applications that affect land and
buildings in employment use to test whether there is sufficient justification
to redevelop employment land for other uses, so that planning applications can
be properly assessed.