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“ Further planning guidance for five action areas within the north town


masterplan area will be published


Deputy, ROBERT DUHAMEL Minister for Planning and Environment





Master Planning for change and regeneration


One of my main challenges as Minister for Planning & Environment is to balance the need for growth with the need to protect the environment. The 2011 Island Plan sets out a clear direction for the location of new development for the next decade in Jersey’s existing built-up areas and seeks to preserve open countryside as far as possible.


The Town of St Helier as Jersey’s administrative and commercial capital and its most significant urban settlement by far, has therefore a critical role to play in


must now be planned for at a more detailed level – masterplanned – to creatively spark regeneration and guide change.


Vision for change


I think it is fair to say that many islanders are not proud of St Helier as they see it today and there is a perception that the town has failed to keep up with changing expectations of its residents, visitors and businesses.


The St Helier Urban Character Appraisal identified some of the challenges facing St Helier: ‘St Helier is in many ways a remarkable place, with many of the assets and attributes of a much larger city, but at the same time the urban experience is disappointing, and in some respects the town is dull and old- fashioned.’


We have to address these criticisms with planners, residents


meeting the Island's needs over the next ten years: a role that


and the business community all working together.


The overarching vision is “to create a vibrant, compact and characterful town that is worthy of its role as Jersey’s capital and principal settlement, with an economically sustainable future and which offers the highest quality of life for its communities.”


St Helier must become a place where people want to live, work and spend their leisure time, with new developments enhancing its intrinsic qualities and charm.


Planning at the local level With renewed emphasis on the regeneration of St Helier, we need to plan for change at a detailed and local level in a cohesive and integrated way. This is the role of masterplanning - to provide a sound framework by which to judge investment decisions, to catalyse action and to shape our neighbourhoods. This work has already begun and is yielding positive results.


The delivery of the Town Park has not only provided a much- needed open space for the enjoyment of town residents


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