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Planning Panelhearing appeals about planning decisions

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In brief…

If someone appeals against a planning decision, a Tribunal of three may be selected from the Planning Panel

One member of the Panel is an experienced planning inspector, the other two are members of the public with relevant experience.

The Tribunal makes a decision based on the evidence, facts and material which was before the Development and Planning Authority when it made its decision.

From time to time, the Planning Panel will advertise for new members to replace someone who has stepped down. Appointments are for six years.

As a lay member of the Panel, it would be helpful to have a relevant professional background in, say, construction or property management. But you might also simply have a strong personal interest in the development of the Island.

As with all tribunals, you will need to enjoy studying and interpreting complex information to pinpoint the key facts of the case.

The time commitment varies but most cases need half a day of pre-reading, a day for the hearing itself and another day to review the draft decision.

As only three members of the nine-person Panel sit on each Tribunal, you will not be needed for every hearing.  There are 12 to 15 hearings a year.


There’s much more…

To read about the Planning Panel in detail, click the ‘download info as pdf’ button below.  Or change over to a laptop or tablet.


Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

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Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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