Temple is delighted to have successfully secured planning approval for a new world-class hospital for the Island of Jersey. The proposed hospital is the largest ever public infrastructure project for the island to date intended to serve the island’s healthcare needs for decades to come.
Temple is the appointed planning consultants, leading the planning strategy and submission of planning application through to securing approval for the proposed development. Due to its significance, the scheme was heard at a week-long Public Inquiry in April 2022. Temple acted as a planning Expert Witness at the inquiry, within a very experienced design team.
Following the Inquiry, the Inspector’s emphatic recommendation led to the Minister of Environment approving the plans for the new hospital in May 2022 – a momentous milestone for the project.
The Inspector concluded in their report that “…the Applicant has demonstrated that an extremely thorough and creative exploration of site strategy options has been undertaken…” which resulted in “…an undisputedly high-quality healthcare campus, with contemporary buildings in an attractive landscaped setting, which would enable patients and people within the hospital building to enjoy a very, pleasant, indeed quite stunning, environment”.
The team successfully overcame planning challenges such as loss of listed buildings, loss of agricultural land, the reprovision of the Jersey Bowling Club (which is subject to a separate application), loss of residential properties (subject to the CPO process), and the Site’s geographical position on top of a hill. The team developed plans for a new, modern, fit for purpose, sustainable hospital facility which proposes:
In weighing up the planning balance, the Inspector outlined that the challenges which the scheme faced were overcome on account of the practical, aesthetic, and public benefit the hospital would bring. In conclusion, it was clear that “the application proposal represents the very best proposal in planning terms when considered ‘in the round.’”
Temple worked collaboratively with the dedicated Our Hospital Project team and the Design and Delivery Partner ROK FCC JV alongside the Government of Jersey, Llewelyn Davies, LDA Design, Urban Counsel, BSG Ecology, ARUP, Soundings, and Annabel Graham Paul (Francis Taylor Building).
“The Our Hospital Project (OHP) will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for the citizens of Jersey to have a world-class, fully integrated, 21st century health care facility. The overall aim of the project is to deliver a facility that will be an integral part of the local community and will give patients greater choice, access and provision of a quality and efficient services and enhance the overall health and well-being of the local people.” – Our Hospital Project
For more information on the site visit: https://ourhospital.je/