Urban planning: an ideal or reality?

Almost all land use in Guernsey is affected by urban planning on a daily basis. This ranges from domestic homes, roads, schools, the harbour, the airport, agricultural land and any material changes in the use of any land. In many cases, the first contact an individual has with urban planning is when permission is sought.

Usual questions include ‘what permission do I need?’ and ‘how do I apply for planning permission?’ Typically, this might be for an extension, a new parking space, a rebuilding project or domestic curtilage (the area of land used with a home). Larger, more commercially focused developments may require a phased and strategic approach to urban planning.

In Guernsey, the laws relating to planning and enforcement are implemented through the Environment Department of the States of Guernsey. It is that department that makes the decisions on any planning applications put before it. The Environment Department is reliant upon law, policy and development plans (among other things)…

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