A PUBLIC inquiry into the £350m Esplanade Quarter has found that the scheme is justified if Jersey wants to compete with other financial jurisdictions.
Despite the credit crunch, Jersey’s first public inquiry has found the scheme to be well thought out and to have the potential to be of a very high standard.
The findings, released this week by independent UK Planning inspectors Chris Shepley and Alan Langton, have supported the plan for the Hopkins-designed financial district.
Although they predict some disruption while Route de la Libération is lowered, they do not think that it will cause ‘gridlock’ as some people had suggested at the inquiry.
• Picture: Alan Langton and Chris Shepley, independent planning inspectors from the UK, at St Paul’s Centre
to present their report. Pictureby Richard Wainwright (00597714)