Frequently asked questions
We have addressed some of our frequently asked questions below.
What is the role and purpose of the Development Framework?
Please refer to the home page. Also: the Development Framework will provide Supplementary Planning Guidance under the Island Development Plan (IDP) that will guide potential developers and investors about what they will need to take into account when considering options for the future redevelopment of the Regeneration Areas.

It is not the role of the Development Framework to propose specific building proposals but it will provide guidance for new built development on matters such as design, character, orientation, massing, maximum heights and connections, for example.

Likewise, in regard to public open space and landscape, the Development Framework will not include any final layout designs but it may include indicative concept sketches for key spaces to indicate how recommended design principles can be employed including what elements might be of benefit to retain (e.g. existing mature trees) and what elements it is recommended be considered in a future design layout (e.g. placement of seating, new planting, play space, activity areas, sustainable drainage features/water management, etc).

A key role of this Development Framework will be to attract inward investment and to be a catalyst for positive development in the Regeneration Areas themselves, as well as St Peter Port as a whole to help increase and maintain the vibrancy and vitality of Town as the primary Main Centre of the Island.

Will you be removing parking?
As Supplementary Planning Guidance, the role of the Development Framework is not to make detailed decisions on parking, including its removal, introduction of new parking areas or changes to existing parking systems. This would be considered as part of the detailed planning application process. However, the Development Framework, in drawing its conclusions and making recommendations will consider the matter of parking requirements to serve redevelopment of the Regeneration Areas at a high level and will include guidance on where parking could be considered and/or relocated for the wider benefit and enhancement of the Regeneration Areas and Town as a whole.

The Development Framework will also refer to the States' Seafront Enhancement Area (SEA) workstream which will be exploring wider transport issues in more detail, including parking, as part of its scope.

Will you be removing greenery?
We know there are limited amounts of greenery within St Peter Port and as this is an important factor on the health and wellbeing of residents, the goal of the Development Framework will be to balance redevelopment and investment needs with retaining and enhancing as much greenery and landscape features as possible. This will be to ensure that the general public can enjoy and benefit from it, as well as to increase the opportunities for biodiversity on the Island.

It is difficult to refurbish Protected Buildings because of planning rules and the impact on viability - these need to be changed.
Island Development Plan (IDP) policy GP5 "supports proposals to extend or alter a protected building where it does not have an adverse effect on the special interest and setting of the building or where the economic, social or other benefits of the development and, where appropriate, its contribution to enhancing the vitality of the St Peter Port Main Centre, outweigh the adverse impact."

The IDP also acknowledges that the development of a protected building may be necessary to sustain its special interest and that without investment and adaptation, protected buildings may no longer holder their merit. Therefore Protected Buildings within Regeneration Areas will be assessed on this basis so that the potential economic, social and environmental benefits of upgrades to the wider area and local community is taken into account. Special interest will be in relation to the wider context of the building rather than specific elements, unless they are of particular high value.

There are completed examples within St Peter Port (e.g. Fountain Street, Arcades, Le Pollet – some of which may be included within the DF as a case study) of completed upgrades which demonstrate that it is possible and viable to convert upper floors of a protected building to alternative uses. Considering issues such as the fire strategy with a specialist consultant early in the planning application process, prior to the Buliding Control stage (or later), will help prevent delays or escalating and unknown costs.

The Development Framework will provide guidance on how to minimise the impact on viability in the upgrade or refurbishment of Protected Buildings (e.g. the above), as well as identify what is deemed to provide positive economic, social or other benefits which contribute to the enhancement of the Regeneration Areas.
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