The Government of Jersey appointed a consultant team led by Willie Miller Urban Design (WMUD) to review the St Helier Urban Character Appraisal 2005 for the Island Plan Review. The WMUD team includes Yellow Book, Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning, Icecream Architecture and Gordon Urquhart.
This work was required to refresh the current understanding of the urban character of St Helier. The previous assessment of the town’s urban character requires review, and the spatial extent of the work expanded to embrace St Helier’s suburbs and the relationship with its immediate seascape.
The results of the study provide an evidence base which informs decisions that will affect the town. They conclude that St Helier has improved remarkably in the past 15 years. In many ways, it is a beautiful, unusual and thriving place, but it faces challenges that could destabilise some of the recent successes.
The study will help the Government of Jersey to develop a coherent spatial strategy for the location of new development, the content of planning policy within the urban environment and specific site locations.