The public are being invited to give their views on the vision and options for the future development of Southwest St Helier.
The draft Southwest St Helier Planning Framework, published today (Monday, 5 August), divides the area into ten zones - referred to as key opportunity sites (KOS) or port development sites (PDS) – and presents a vision for the development of each.
The character and needs of each KOS/PDS varies greatly, but the framework sets out six key principles common to them all. The principles are:
- there will be improved connectivity and movement
- there will be open space
- there will be a wide range of viable uses
- the quality of architecture and space around buildings will be exemplary
- proposals for major new developments will be accompanied by a height analysis detailing the context of the wider area street width and impact on views. The views of the community and the impartial Jersey Architecture Commission will be listened to
- views will be protected or enhanced
The Minister for the Environment, Deputy John Young, will consider the consultation’s outcome before adopting the framework as supplementary planning guidance. The Southwest St Helier Planning Framework, which is the latest consultation under the Your Island, Your Say campaign, will complement, rather than override, the Island Plan, which is also under review.
“This framework has been developed alongside key stakeholders, including residents and business owners, to ensure that the community aspirations for the development of Southwest St Helier are embedded into new planning guidance,” Deputy Young said. “If adopted, this new guidance will provide a framework against which decisions can be made to deliver an attractive place to live and work and to reconnect the town of St Helier with its waterfront.
“It also seeks to maintain critical traffic movement through and around the area, whilst promoting better connections for pedestrians and cyclists.”
Stakeholders and residents have already engaged with government to help shape the direction of development for each KOS and PDS, which has been reflected in the draft framework. Draft planning guidance has been developed for each site with consideration given to matters such as public realm, built space and potential uses.
You can view the consultation documents at: https://www.gov.je/Government/Consultations/Pages/SouthwestStHelier.aspx where you can submit your views on the draft framework before Saturday, 28 September, and there will be a public event in early September.
Government of Jersey Press Release.