Trees at Fort Regent and minimum flat sizes (FOI)
Trees at Fort Regent and minimum flat sizes (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 27 April 2022.
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Under the FOI law I wish to request the following:
How many trees to from 1/1/22- 2/4/22 have been felled at fort regent.
The amount of carbon (or other green house gases) which was stored by these trees.
The minimum size of a new build 2 bed flat in jersey? . The only information I can find is under the following
A minimum specification for new housing developments
If this is still used when will it be updated as this is from 2009 and uses a method based on the Parker-Morris report of 1961.
As part of the Fort Regent development project the Parks and Gardens team (P&G) have been tasked with the removal of some trees on the site between October 2021 to May 2022.
A total of 80 trees have been removed or coppiced between October 2021 and 5 April 2022 as detailed below.
- 27 were dead or dying due to Sooty bark or Dutch Elm disease
- 33 were causing direct damage to structures such as retaining walls
- 20 were coppiced as part of regular tree regeneration on the site
P&G does not record the specific dates when the trees were removed trees from Fort Regent, therefore, the information is not held, and Article 10 of Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 applies.
The Government of Jersey has not calculated the amount of carbon stored within these trees therefore, this information is not held, and Article 10 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 applies.
UK Government agencies have not yet provided a common calculation method to enable us to determine the carbon offset in trees since it can vary depending upon the height and maturity of the tree.
The 'Minimum Specification for New Housing Developments' referred to in your request is the current specifications and can be accessed on www.gov.je using the following link. Therefore, your request is partially exempt under Article 23 (Information accessible to applicant by other means) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.
Housing developments specifications (planning policy note) (gov.je)
The following proposal to update the standards for building designs and specifications is included in the Bridging Island Plan 2022-2025 which was approved by the States Assembly on 25 March 2022.
Proposal 18 – Design for homes
The Minister for the Environment will review, and issue revised supplementary planning guidance setting out new design standards for the design and specification of new homes to ensure that new residential accommodation can provide islanders with good quality homes.
The Plan sets out a number of proposals and work is underway to ensure that these are prioritised and resourced to enable their implementation.
At the present time, it is not possible to provide a definitive timescale in relation to completion of this proposal, but it is envisaged that it will be progressed during 2022.
Further information regarding the development of the revised building standards is exempt from release under Article 35 (Formulation and development of policies) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law.
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