About the Inspectors' report
The Minister for the Environment has published and presented to the States Assembly the independent planning inspectors’ report into the draft Bridging Island Plan following the examination in public, held in Autumn 2021. The planning inspectors’ report comprehensively reflects on and scrutinises the proposals and policies in the draft Bridging Island Plan and the issues raised during consultation, by taking into consideration the valuable input of both the public and States Members.
Following the inspectors’ report being published, the Minister for the Environment has published his initial response to the planning inspectors report into the draft Bridging Island Plan. The Minister’s response considers the comments and recommendations that the planning inspectors have made into the draft Bridging Island Plan.
The Minister is minded to accept the majority of the commentary and recommendations made by the inspectors’ in their report. Many of these comments and recommendations support either the States Member amendments or the Minister’s post-consultation response but also add value to help improve the plan.
The position of the Minister expressed in this report is not necessarily definitive. It's a current position following the consideration of the inspectors’ report in January 2022. The Minister will continue to consider matters as next the stages to develop the plan continue to progress. This includes careful consideration of the final round of States Member amendments and participation in the States’ debate, which is due to start 14 March 2022.
The inspectors’ report, and the Minister’s response to it, will be considered by States Members as they prepare for the States Debate to take place in March 2022.
Prior to the examination in public, States Members proposed 60 amendments and one amendment to amendment, which the planning inspectors have taken into consideration and commented on in their report. States Members will have opportunity to propose further amendments in response to the report and recommendations until 7 February 2022. This will be followed by a 1 week period for amendments to previously lodged amendments to be made, and a period for the Minister for the Environment to propose his own final amendments, until 2 weeks before the debate is due to start.