Jersey’s Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment want the decision on where the future hospital is built to be decided by the States Assembly.
At the moment the Minister for the Environment makes the final decision on planning applications. The Minister can be given advice from officials but does not consult with other ministers. In a report on the future hospital the Chief Minister said that this is unacceptable.
The Planning Law should be reviewed with a view to changing who has the ultimate responsibility for approving or rejecting a major infrastructure project so that it lies with the States Assembly rather than with the Minister for the Environment.
– John Le Fondré, Chief Minister