22 May 2017
Work to review and update the planning blueprint for Jersey’s Esplanade Quarter has moved forward with the appointment of an impartial, independent design body to support the Department of the Environment’s work.
The existing Esplanade Quarter Masterplan was published in April 2008. The decision to review and update it to provide a sound basis for future decision making follows a recommendation by an independent planning inspector and the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel.
Design Council has been chosen to provide specialist support to the Department of the Environment’s work on the masterplan. It is the leading authority on the use of strategic design, and works with planners, governments, developers, and design teams across the UK and internationally.
Design Council, a charity, has established an independent panel that includes architects and surveyors, and specialists in areas spanning urban design, transport, engineering, accessibility and stakeholder engagement. The panel will support the Department of the Environment using a tried and tested, impartial process for design advice and guidance, to help meet the States objectives for an integrated, distinctive and sustainable masterplan.
Minister for the Environment, Deputy Steve Luce said “We’re looking forward to working with Design Council. I’m sure that we can benefit tremendously from the collective skill, knowledge and experience that their advisors will bring to the review.
“They will act as a ‘critical friend’ as we move this important project forward to ensure that we produce an imaginative, inclusive and workable masterplan for the Esplanade Quarter in line with our strategic priority of regenerating St Helier.”
Design Council’s Executive Director for Architecture, Built Environment and Design, Clare Devine said “We are delighted to be supporting the States of Jersey in the development of the Esplanade Quarter.
“The Design Advice Panel will take into account the background and context of the masterplan, and will be seeking to collaborate with stakeholders and support high quality and strategic design thinking in the development of the masterplan to help the States of Jersey realise a vibrant, viable and popular new Esplanade Quarter.”
A draft masterplan will be put out for consultation and scrutiny before a revised Esplanade Quarter Masterplan is lodged for debate in the States.
Until a new Esplanade Quarter Master Plan is agreed, any planning applications that are submitted for further development on the St Helier Waterfront will be assessed on the basis of the policies that currently exist.