Housing & Planning
Inward migration has increased the pressure on affordable housing. As the demand grows and the price of land increases, there is an incentive to reduce the sizes of property in an attempt to make homes more affordable. This must be resisted. There is also pressure in attractive locations for larger properties for high income residents. It is essential policies are developed to ensure middle and low income Islanders are not denied the opportunity to live elsewhere than large estates concentrated in already crowded urban areas. The new Island Plan should also contain specific provision for landscape plans with planning applications as well as realistic appraisal by the Department of these.