There are many substantial sites and large parts of the island blighted by our planning system. Planning is one of the best examples of ineffective government through state intervention. Look alone at the blighted hotel sites - Ronnie Ronaldes, St Margarets Lodge, The Idlerocks. All mouldering through planning intransigence.
Government cannot create an industry by intervening in a market and zoning land. Guernsey isn't Sim City. Whilst these sites stand there rotting, builders aren't working and the land isn't generating income and profit on which our tax system relies. We need to get Guernsey moving again by releasing red tape and encouraging development or the return of land to agricultural use.
Should it really be necessary to have to ask permission for a trivial change of use or to install a defibrillator ? The cost alone of maintaining a civil service just to answer these questions is significant, and in my view unnecessary.
I am very much in favour of relaxing planning controls by significantly widening the exemptions which allow development to occur without the time consuming and expensive intervention of government, and devolve powers fo granting permission to the Douzaines.
I would seek to significantly consolidate land use categories to prevent the need for repeated applications and appeals and to allow people get on with business with more speed and flexibility.
My personal view is that politicians should make policy, not act as administrators. They should not be personally involved in making decisions in relation to the planning process, or any other decision made in connection with the exercise of individuals' rights.
I would prefer to see the planning system return to using the Royal Court for appeals and awarding costs against the States for lost cases.
The best means of avoiding appeals is obviously to make the right decisions in the first place.
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