Investment in land ownership and development will play a key part in realising the vision for development of St Helena. However, as the major landowner on St Helena, SHG recognises that this must be balanced in a way that meets with the island’s targets for sustainable growth. The general principal is that there are no restrictions on non-residents owning freehold land of up to two acres, unless the land has a listed building on it, in which case the property can be leased for periods of up to 150 years. On sites over two acres a lease can be granted for up to 150 years, or a freehold can be available subject to obtaining an immigrant’s land holding licence. This is a simple process designed to ensure that large scale developments meet with the island’s vision and that no monopolistic land uses arise. Development control is administered by the Planning Department of St Helena Government who are based in Essex House, Jamestown. The current Land Development Control Plan sets out the planning framework and policy for the island for the period 2012-2022. This document, along with the appendices, can be found in our document library. A review of the Land Development Control Plan (LDCP) was undertaken with the specific task of encouraging appropriate and sustainable development to meet the island’s vision and needs. The LDCP was adopted in April 2012 and now forms the basis of development control until 2022. It will be further reviewed to identify what further changes will be required in light of development pressures arising out of the airport project. Linked with the LDCP is the development of Conservation Management Plans, a means of providing greater protection to the natural and built heritage. These will be developed over the next few years. In seeking appropriate partners for developing on the island we will favour those who can demonstrate good practice in building and natural environment conservation where appropriate, as well as those who can demonstrate the sustainable use of resources during not only the construction phase of any project, but also the operational stage.