07 September 2017
The independent inspector leading the Future Hospital public inquiry has extended the deadline for statements of case by two weeks to 22 September.
A public inquiry into the planning application for Jersey’s new hospital will start on 6 November 2017. It will be led by Philip Staddon and will provide a structured opportunity to explore planning issues surrounding a proposal for a significant piece of Jersey’s public infrastructure in depth.
Anyone who wants to give their views to the inquiry can do it in two ways:
- write to or email your views directly to the inquiry programme office by 22 September
- write to, email or telephone the inquiry programme office by 22 September to say you wish to speak at the public hearing
Written submissions should be sent to Helen Wilson, New Hospital Programme Officers, c/o Department of the Environment, South Hill, St Helier, JE2 4US or email email@example.com. The inquiry office number is +44 151 352 3863.
Written submissions should be no more than 1,500 words and the author’s name and postal address should be included. There will be a further opportunity to submit a ‘proof of evidence’ ahead of the inquiry.
The public inquiry programme office has, to date, received 31 submissions. The inspector said he was aware of public interest in the project and, by extending the date, he hoped to encourage more people to get in touch so that everyone who wants to express an opinion has the chance to do so.
The inquiry is expected to last for up to a week and will be open to the public throughout.
The application (PP/2017/0990) is to demolish the Stafford Hotel, Revere Hotel, 33-40 and 44 Kensington Place, including Sutherland Court, and parts of the General Hospital and to build a new hospital with landscaping, highways and infrastructure works, including the addition of two half-decks of parking to Patriotic Street carpark.
Fair and consistent
The inquiry has been called because In accordance with Article 12(1)(a) of the Planning and Building (Jersey) Law 2002, as amended, the Minister is satisfied that if the proposed development were to be carried out the development would be likely to have a significant effect on the interests of the whole or a substantial part of the population of Jersey.
By law, the Department for the Environment has to follow a set planning process to ensure it provides a fair and consistent service to Jersey. This process includes considering all planning applications – whether they come from individuals, companies, or other States departments – in the same fair and consistent way, looking at all the relevant issues.
The Island Plan, which is approved by the States, is the foundation for all planning decisions in Jersey, and is underpinned by a strategy to direct new development into more built up areas, and away from the countryside (policy H6).