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Housing developments specifications (planning policy note)

​​Minimum standards for new housing developments

Many of the minimum standards for all new housing developments, whether public or private sector, are laid out in 'Policy Note 6 - minimum specifications for new housing developments'.

Where it began

In 1985 the former Island Development and Housing Committees were concerned about the absence of performance standards for the construction of dwellings for States rental, or for sale to first time buyers under the States Loan House Purchase Scheme.

The review

Consequently, in December 1985, a joint publication was produced which set down requirements for newly constructed dwellings.

That publication was updated in 1991, by the first edition of Planning Policy Note No.6, which took into account changing economic and social circumstances and the views of many interested parties including: 

  • service companies
  • States departments
  • other appropriate local organisations

Where we are now

Whilst this policy is in need of a further review many of the underlying principles remain the same and the policy is still referred to regularly as a key source of guidance by:

  • architects
  • agents
  • other professionals
Downlo​​ad SPG Policy Note 6: Specifications for housing developments (Size 346kb)​​
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