Jersey

First phase of Jersey finance centre plan is approved

Plans for the layout of the Jersey International Finance Centre
Image caption The Jersey Development Company wants to build six office blocks with underground car parking

The first phase of the development of a Jersey International Finance Centre has been approved by the planning minister.

Deputy Rob Duhamel gave permission for the first office block to be built as part of the Esplanade Quarter, but subject to more than 30 conditions.

He said the developers must ensure workers were encouraged to use transport other than their own cars.

The minister said the States of Jersey Development Company must provide a plan showing timings of the work.

This would include the sinking of the dual carriageway on La Route de la Liberation.

The planning minister deferred his decision at a public hearing last month to get legal advice on the plans.

Deputy Duhamel said having received that advice, he has now approved the application.

The States of Jersey Development Company wants to turn the 520 space Esplanade car park into a finance hub.

The States-owned firm wants to build six office blocks with underground car parking and create public pathways.

The first phase of the Esplanade Quarter project plans to create 67,000 sq ft of Grade A offices with 41 basement car parking spaces.

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