10 May 2011
The Minister for Planning and Environment has today (10 May) lodged a revised North of St Helier masterplan for debate by the States Assembly.
The Minister for Planning and Environment, Senator Freddie Cohen, said “I would like to thank States Members and the public for the time they have spent providing input into the preparation of this masterplan and I am delighted to have been able to take on board much of the feedback I have received.”
The revised masterplan replaces the masterplan document dated 19 July 2010, lodged as P/190/2010. It is hoped that it will be debated on 21 June sitting of the Assembly.
As a result of the feedback, more car parking has now been proposed and previous aspirations for one-way traffic flows have been removed to reduce the traffic impact on other parts of the town.
The main changes are as follows:
- any proposed redevelopment will be subject to a States decision to redevelop the current multi-storey car park at the end of its life
- if that decision is made, then 100 shopper car parking spaces are proposed to be retained on site in an underground car park, to reflect public and political feedback for parking in this location
- any redevelopment will be expected to comprehensively link with the Bath Street proposals to the north
- proposals for the Bath Street site are reflected in the masterplan and 200 public car parking spaces will be expected to be made available with a link to Minden Place and the Fish Market
- acknowledgement also exists in the masterplan that any demolition of the Odeon will need to be subject to a high quality scheme being proposed through the planning process to enable heritage value to be weighed against development potential.
- underground car park has been reduced by 100 spaces and these 100 spaces have been moved to Minden Place
Public car parking
- in line with feedback received the level of publicly accessible parking has been increased by 11% over pre town park levels
- short stay shopper parking has increased from 260 spaces (pre town park) to 395 spaces. An appendix is now included explaining the changes
- publicly accessible car parking is expected to be made available on private development sites, including the Ann Street brewery, the Jersey Gas site and the Bath Street site
- parking requirements will be subject to a biennial review of needs and will need to embrace new emerging technologies such as automated parking and electric vehicles.
- a link between Bath Street and Halkett Place has been added, and improvements also highlighted for Halkett Place down to Burrard Street
Traffic flows – David Place/Bath Street
- this has now been kept to two-way working to allow more car parking in the area and also to reduce possible traffic implications elsewhere in town. Public realm improvements along this primary route are still proposed.
- the new approved designs for the town park are now within this new document
- the document proposes that a tariff be introduced for all developments in the area to fund public realm and transport improvements.
Hoppa bus service
- the document proposes that a new bus service be introduced to serve the North of Town area
Le Seelleur building
- the masterplan now expresses the desire to bring this building back into productive use ideally for the community
Jersey College for Girls
- the masterplan now includes this proposal as part of other development sites coming on stream