Public inquiry will examine hospital plans
A PUBLIC inquiry to examine the future hospital planning application is due to be held in September.
Revised plans were submitted for the £466 million facility last month after the initial application was rejected by Environment Minister Steve Luce due to concerns over the scale and height of the project.
The public inquiry, which will be held at the St Paul’s Centre, is due to begin on Monday 17 September. It will be led by inspector Philip Staddon – who undertook the inquiry into the original plans in November and who recommended that the first application should be rejected.
Following his recommendations, the future hospital team have revised the plans and have now proposed building a wider six-storey building on the current site, extending onto Kensington Place, rather than the nine-storey building that was originally proposed.
The plans also include an application to demolish Westaway Court, a building previously used for staff accommodation on the opposite side of Parade Gardens from the Hospital, and to build a new block to house outpatient facilities, including cardiac, respiratory and clinical investigations.
Residents, businesses and organisations are now being invited to share their views of the scheme with the inquiry.
Views can be submitted in writing – but must be no more than 1,500 words – to Helen Wilson, care of the Environment Department, South Hill, JE2 4US or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Islanders are asked to include their name and postal address in their submission.
Anyone who wants to speak during the hearing is asked to contact Ms Wilson before 6 July.
The inquiry is open to the public throughout the week.