Millennium Park could increase in size by 50% if a proposition by the Council of Ministers is accepted by the States Assembly. They are proposing to extend the size of the park by reducing the number of new homes to be built on the Gas Works site.
Andium Homes acquired the former Gas Works site on 8 September and received planning approval for 253 homes - but they are now proposing to reduce that number to 110, with a 1.35 acres extension to the Town Park and the potential for up to 200 underground parking spaces.
Deputy Eddie Noel, Minister for Infrastructure, said: “The Gas Works site has the potential to deliver approximately 150-200 below surface car parking spaces – whether commuter, shopping, residential or a combination of all three. The entrance to any below surface carpark would be located at the north of the site and be subject to the findings of a traffic study of the surrounding area. This represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to breathe new life into the north of Town. I look forward to working with the Housing Minister to make it happen."
The proposal will be subject to planning permission. Andium Homes intends to submit an application next year, and if approved, it is anticipated that work could be completed by the end of 2023.
The regeneration of St Helier is one of Ministers' strategic objectives and the proposition follows Andium Homes’ announcement in September that they had acquired the 9,100 square metre site in the north of town, with plans to extend the Town Park.
Pictured: A list of Andium's plans for developments in town, subject to planning approval.
Andium Homes already has plans to develop an additional 600 homes on other sites in this area, such as at Robin Hood, Convent Court low-rise, Ann Court, Ann Street Brewery and the Ann Street Boiler House.
Housing Minister Deputy Anne Pryke said: “The proposed Gas Works site development provides a fantastic opportunity to provide much needed homes for Islanders and to take a joined-up approach to regeneration in this part of town.”
The Constable of St Helier Simon Crowcroft said: “The current town park is well-used by the public and the proposed increase in open space would bring significant benefits to the local community.”
The Ministers' proposition will be debated next year.
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