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Future hospital plans - inquiry date set

14 May 2018

A date’s been set for a public inquiry to examine the new future hospital planning application.

The inquiry will explore the planning issues in depth to ensure the application is right for Jersey. It will take place the week beginning Monday 17 September 2018 at St Paul’s Centre, St Helier.

The Minister for the Environment, Deputy Steve Luce decided to hold a public inquiry because the hospital application (PP/2018/0507) is for a significant piece of public infrastructure.

The inquiry will be led by Philip Staddon, the same independent inspector who considered the first application for a new hospital and which was reviewed in a public inquiry in November 2017.

Philip Staddon said he welcomed views from any resident, business or organisation about the planning application for the new hospital and that the inquiry team will ensure that anyone who wants to speak gets the chance to do so. 

Giving your views 

You can give your views to the inquiry in the following ways:

  • In writing – contact the programme officer by 6 July 2018 with your written submission (known as a ‘statement of case’) 
  • In person at the public hearing – write to or email the public inquiry programme office by 6 July 2018 to say you wish to speak at the hearing

Written submissions or statements of case should be addressed to the new hospital programme officer Helen Wilson, care of the Department of the Environment, South Hill, St Helier, JE2 4US or emailed to progofficer@aol.com.  Please include your name and postal address in your submission.

The inquiry is open to the public throughout the week.

Application

The application (PP/2018/0507)  is for the demolition of Stafford Hotel, Revere Hotel, 33, 40 and 44 Kensington Place, including Sutherland Court, and parts of General Hospital/; Peter Crill House, Gwyneth Huelin Wing, link block, lab block, engineering block and chimney, 1960s and 1980s block on the Parade, temporary theatre block and Westaway Court. Phased construction of new hospital buildings at the General Hospital site and at Westaway Court, refurbishment of the Granite Block for continued non-clinical hospital use, improvements and construction of one half-deck of parking to Patriotic Street Car Park, and all associated landscaping and public realm, highways and access, plant and infrastructure works.

Legal process

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.

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