Southwest St Helier Waterfront – Second Stage Consultation Results
The second stage of consultation on the future of Southwest St Helier Waterfront took place between May and June 2021. It followed last year’s Initial Stage 1 consultation and provided an update on the work that has been undertaken to date and presented the community with a revised and more detailed concept for the Southwest St Helier Waterfront.
The team held several online and in-person consultations alongside a continuous exhibition of the updated concepts for public view from Thursday 13th of May to Tuesday 18th of May in the Town Hall. The material was available to view on https://sthelierwaterfront.je/, including a video presentation. We encouraged feedback on the proposals presented through a short questionnaire, with the deadline for submission of the 3rd of June.
A widespread digital marketing campaign was launched to drive people to the website which received more than 8,000 unique visits with 347 people responding to the questionnaire and over 3,000 comments left to review.
Participants were asked questions on the landscape design, connectivity, public realm, the overall mix of uses, cultural and community uses, building height, and consideration for young people, as well as more general questions around what they liked about the proposals in their current form and what should be prioritised going forward.
The feedback has resulted in a valuable set of findings which the design team are now actively reviewing and noting all of the received comments.
Analysis has shown strong support for the proposed outdoor public spaces, with participants positively commenting about the proposed green spaces. Respondents also cited the landscape design, suggesting it had been well considered both aesthetically and practically with overwhelming support in favour of improvements to connectivity and increased pedestrian and cycling priority.
Respondents were also very positive about the proposals to give the area a cultural boost and new identity creating an opportunity to bring new vibrancy to the Southwest St Helier Waterfront area.
Whilst the vast majority were neutral or agreed with the approach to height, a number of respondents did ask for a reduction in the height of the development and the design team are actively reviewing the scheme in light of the comments.
The team are also looking in detail at ground floor uses to ensure the mix is appealing, particularly to young people as many said they felt there needed to be more facilities for that age group within the proposals. Representatives from the design team at Jersey Development Company met 25 Hautlieu students at the Waterfront last week to hear and discuss their views on the plans to date.
As with stage 1, the team have reviewed all the feedback received and the report is now available to view on the consultation website - https://sthelierwaterfront.je/
Community engagement will commence again in mid-July, prior to an outline planning application being submitted at the end of September. The team will also outline how comments have been received and will continue to engage with young people and underrepresented groups to ensure the entire community is represented.< Back to News list