21 May 2013
The Planning and Environment Minister has approved a planning application for the first office block to be built as part of the Esplanade Quarter.
The application, submitted by the Jersey Development Company in September last year, is to construct a six storey office building on the existing Esplanade car park.
The detached block will provide 80,000 square feet of Grade A office accommodation and a 41-space basement car park. It will be built on the corner of Castle Street and the Esplanade, diagonally opposite the Housing Department.
The Minister deferred the application at a public hearing on 19 April 2013, to seek advice on the status of the Waterfront Masterplan. Having received that advice, the Minister has now approved the application.
However that approval is subject to a Planning Obligation Agreement to secure a package of highways and transport measures requested by Transport and Technical Services, and is subject to more than 30 planning conditions.
The principal planning condition is for the Jersey Development Company to provide the Minister with a phasing plan, showing the timing of the major infrastructure work needed to enable the later phases of the Masterplan. These include the sinking of La Route de la Liberation and the provision of public amenity spaces.