Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands, and home to around 2,000 people. Within Alderney’s planning system, land is identified and development is guided through the Land Use Plan.
Arup undertook a review of the Island’s planning system in 2014, and was subsequently commissioned to review and update the Land Use Plan. The States of Alderney has an aspiration to grow both the population and economic activity of the Island over the next twenty years, in particular the tourism and professional services sectors. The revised Plan will be the spatial expression of these aspirations, helping to guide sustainable growth over the Plan period.
Alderney has a unique environment, including a diverse and fragile island ecosystem and a human history spanning thousands of years. The revised Land Use Plan will also ensure these elements are afforded appropriate protection through planning policy.
Establishing a strong evidence base
Key to the development of the Land Use Plan has been the production of a series of evidence base documents on a wide variety of topics, including: Economic Development Strategy; Housing Strategy; Natural Environment Strategy; Built Environment and Heritage Strategy; and multiple public calls for sites for development or protection/enhancement. The production of the evidence base has involved consultation and input from a wide range of on-Island experts and stakeholders, and has brought together information and insight in one place for the first time providing an invaluable ongoing resource for the Island.
Providing effective planning tools
Arup draws on international good practice to ensure that Alderney is fully equipped to make sound planning decisions. Alongside the planning policies contained in the revised Land Use Plan, we are producing statutory guidance documents for the Environmental Impact Assessment on the Island, and the process for determining major projects. Arup is also advising on legislative changes required to strengthen Alderney’s planning system and ensure it remains fit for purpose for the future.
The first phase of the Land Use Plan review was subject to a Public Inquiry in Spring 2016 (supported by Arup), and was subsequently approved by Full States in July 2016. It is anticipated that the fully revised Land Use Plan will be subject to a Public Inquiry later in 2017.