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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 hospital that will benefit Islanders for generations to come.

The Design and Delivery partners ROK FCC JV have independently appointed community consultation leaders Soundings, to manage the extensive public engagement programme for the OHP. Soundings have over 15 years of engagement experience working with different communities around the world and will apply this experience to ensuring a collaborative and transparent approach is also established for the OHP. At Soundings, our aim is to ensure that all Islanders are accurately kept informed, know how to get in touch directly with the team and have opportunities of meaningful engagement with design team, to ensure community feedback and involvement is priority throughout the planning and design process.

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In the Autumn of 2020, the Our Hospital Project (OHP) consultation team mapped out and established several community groups and forums across the Island, to complement existing networks. We wanted to provide neighbours, residents and interested members of the community with distinct channels and opportunities to converse with the team and get involved in design discussions. 

The four key engagement forums met with the OHP team throughout 2021 to discuss and shape the evolution of the design-areas, most relevant to them: 

  • Health Worker Panel: Clinical and non-clinical Health & Community Services staff members 
  • Community Liaison Group: Recognised officials and spokespersons of relevant bodies, organisations and representative groups, including four, elected representatives of the Overdale 
  • Neighbourhood Forum Overdale Neighbourhood Forum: Residents of Westmount Road and 
  • Overdale Les Quennevais Neighbourhood Forum: Residents surrounding the former Les Quennevais School area

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Express Yourself! Youth Competition

How can Jersey's Our Hospital Project help to make the Island a better place? 

If you’re living in Jersey and are 11 - 18 years old, we invite you to share a written, photographic or video response to the above question. This competition is an extension of the youth engagement exercises undertaken to date, helping to ensure Jersey’s younger voices are heard in connection with the Our Hospital project. 

There are a few rules, so make sure you read the Competition Guidelines to make your entry count! 

The winning entry will be featured in future OHP newsletters and posters, and the winner will be offered the opportunity to be a youth representative on the project and input into,  the OHP Youth Charter and other strategies. The winning entry will also receive a prize valued at £500, including an IQ Store gift-card and £250 cash donation to a local charity of your choice (this could be your school’s PTA, or a member organisation of the Association of Jersey Charities). 

All entries will be acknowledged with an Our Hospital Project Certificate and entered in a draw to WIN a prize valued at £100 (£50 IQ Store gift-card and £50 cash donation to your local charity of choice). 

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get creative and...Express Yourself! 

Please click here to access the Competition Entry Web Form and to read the guidelines here. All entries must be uploaded by 12 noon on Friday 26 November 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to the questions most commonly asked about the Our Hospital Project. They include information on:

  • The site selection process
  • Westmount Road and Overdale Access
  • Concept and Developed Hospital Designs
  • Reprovision of Overdale Health Services to the former Les Quennevais School site
  • The demolition of the existing Overdale Hospital
  • Planning application and submission process 
  • Other keys areas of interest


The FAQs are regularly updated to make sure that you receive the most up to date information directly from the team.

1.0 Project Background

1.1 How was Overdale chosen as the site for the new hospital?

Overdale was approved by the States Assembly on 17th November 2020 as the preferred site for a new hospital. This was the culmination of a comprehensive and thorough site evaluation process that included a Citizens’ Panel and continual engagement with clinicians. A sequential process, free of political input, eliminated unsuitable sites at each stage, according to specific criteria set by the Citizens’ Panel and clinicians. In the initial phase of the selection process, Islanders were asked to suggest potential sites and more than 80 options were proposed. A list of 17 sites were then taken forward after passing the first two sets of criteria. After further consideration this was reduced to a shortlist of five. Two of these – Overdale and People’s Park – were the final options. At this stage States Members on the Political Oversight Group and the Council of Ministers agreed that People’s Park should not be progressed as the States had already discounted it during a debate in 2019. The full site evaluation report can be found at gov.je/ourhospital

1.2 Why was Warwick Farm ruled out as a site?

While the site passed the first two clinical criteria tests - in that would be large enough to accommodate all the required clinical and support services, including staff and service (access) facilities and it may be able to deliver the hospital within the project timeline, it did not meet all of the criteria, specifically:  

  • There would be a significant likelihood of major highway improvements to cope with the capacity that a hospital would require, both locally and on the wider highway network (the volume of traffic coming from town and needing to turn right into the site would require significant widening of the road to create new queuing lanes, coupled with a traffic light system. Equally, the volume of traffic (est. 800 cars a day) coming from the hospital would add to the already congested Queen’s Road, Rouge Bouillon and wider ring road).  
  • The location would encourage the use of the private car. 
  • The lack of social and community facilities nearby would not support sustainable behaviour. 


Furthermore, during the previous Future Hospital project, a planning inspector's report said of the site: "It is within the Green Zone, where there is a presumption against all forms of development [and] it would conflict with the Island Plan's strategic focus of development in the built-up area. Its location would not be particularly accessible or sustainable. It is likely that visual impacts would be significant and far-reaching, given its relative elevation above the town. This option would involve major challenges to the Island Plan and could only be realistically considered, in Planning terms, if more sustainably located sites were demonstrably not available or workable." 

1.3 Why was St Saviour's Hospital ruled out?

The site passed the first two clinical criteria tests, in that would be large enough and may be able to deliver the hospital within the project timeline. However, it did not meet the following criteria:  

  • It is a remote location with very restricted highway access capacity, either locally or on the wider highway network. Staff would have to be able to access the site every day throughout the year, along with patients and visitors.  
  • There would be a significant likelihood of major highway improvements to cope with the capacity that a hospital would require, including extensive highway network improvements to approach the site from the west.  
  • The remote location would encourage the use of the private car.  
  • The lack of social and community facilities nearby would not support sustainable behaviour and staff and visitors would have no facilities to provide service. 


During the previous Future Hospital project, a planning inspector's report said of the site: "…the pursuit of this option would fundamentally conflict with the Island Plan. Its remoteness from the main centre of the Island's population, the potential destruction of a fine Grade 1 listed building, and the likely serious impacts on the character and appearance of the area, would conflict with a raft of strategic and other polices within the Island Plan.” 

1.4 What is the construction timescale? When will the hospital open?

Construction is planned to begin in 2022, after the planning applications have been submitted and approved. The new hospital will open in 2026. 

2.0 The Hospital Site and Existing Facilities

2.1 What is the layout of the hospital site? When will the final hospital layout be determined?

In the Developed Design Virtual Exhibition, which you can view under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page. , you will see the changes in the hospital’s masterplan and site strategy from the Concept Design stage, presented in May 2021.  The Concept Design Virtual Exhibition can also be found under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page. 


The site strategy established the key parameters for the hospital design including building layout, interfaces, and entrance points. During the Concept Design stage various site strategy options were developed and tested against a range of considerations in terms of placement of the major components of the hospital, in terms of both the constraints and opportunities each option presents.


Following the confirmation of the site strategy, the team developed preliminary concept designs for the new hospital. The design team considered many variables and factors such as maximising efficient staff and patient flows through the hospital and between departments; protection and enhancement of the existing natural assets on the site; and ensuring sufficient spacing between hospital components and surrounding properties and facilities. 

2.2 Will all the existing Overdale hospital buildings be demolished? When is demolition planned?

At present, several structures (20 buildings in total) are proposed to be demolished within the Overdale site. The demolition of all vacant and derelict buildings on the Overdale site will not occur until the site preparation application has been approved. The remaining buildings will not be demolished until all existing health services at Overdale has been reprovisioned at the former Les Quennevais School site, which is anticipated to be completed in 2022.


The Overdale Demolition and Health Services Relocation Virtual Exhibitions, prepared in advance of the submission of the relevant planning applications, can be viewed under ‘Previous Exhibition Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page. 

2.3 Will Le Val Andre be affected by the new hospital?

We recognise the sensitivities of Le Val André and are trying to work with the natural assets of the site. As part of the design process, we will identify everything that could have a potential impact or encroachment on Le Val André, and work towards minimising or mitigating any impacts to natural features. You can see the latest Developed Designs for Le Val André in our Developed Design Virtual Exhibition under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page.

2.4 How far will the hospital be from nearby properties?

The site layout strategy is still being finalised. Various site strategy options are being developed and tested against a range of considerations in terms of placement of the major components of the hospital, and the constraints and opportunities each option presents. As such, it is not possible to provide a definitive answer at this stage.


However, one of the primary considerations in the site layout strategy is to maintain sufficient spacing between the hospital buildings and nearby properties, in order to minimise any disturbance during construction, and avoid buildings eventually overlooking or overshadowing adjacent residential properties. Based on feedback from the community on the Concept Designs presented in May 2021, various elements of the hospital design and masterplan were changed to be further away from nearby properties, including moving the Mental Health Centre five metres further to the west.

2.5 Will the crematorium be affected?

The Delivery Partner is aware of the sensitivity of the crematorium. The crematorium is not included in the footprint of the Our Hospital and the design team is working on the assumption that the crematorium will remain in situ.


Unfortunately, the Our Hospital Team cannot answer questions related to the relocation of the Crematorium as this does not fall under our jurisdiction. However, we should point out that we have been in regular contact with officers responsible for the Crematorium throughout the design process and six meetings have been held to date with various members of the project team. Whatever is decided of the Crematorium building itself, it’s gardens will be retained, given their special significance as gardens of remembrance. Plans are in discussion as to how construction works should be approached with the operation of the Crematorium in mind. 

2.6 How much will it cost?

The cost of designing and constructing Our Hospital is approximately £550m, which also includes the redevelopment of Westmount Road and the temporary moving of health services from Overdale to the former Les Quennevais School during the construction. A further £250m will be set aside, but may not all be required, to cover a contingency fund, optimism bias, the necessary land acquisition, and any further unforeseen costs. More details about the funding of the Our Hospital Project can be found in the Outline Business Case, found here: https://ourhospital.je/news-and-updates/article/our-hospital-business-case-published.

2.7 Is the programme is being rushed through?

The States have so far deliberated for more than eight years and spent considerable sums of money and failed at all previous attempts to deliver a new hospital. The timeline and momentum, which is driving the project, is determined by our ageing and decaying health estate, and the unsustainable cost of maintaining it beyond 2026. This is why there can be no further delay.

2.8 When will it be open?

It is planned that Our Hospital will begin receiving its first patients by the end of 2026.

3.0 The New Hospital

3.1 What services will be provided at the new hospital?

All of the services, which include 267 beds (and a further 169 day care beds), 75% of which will be individual en-suite bedrooms, a dedicated women and children’s unit and a staff wellbeing centre, are set out in a document called the Functional Brief. This continually evolving piece of work has been put together with the Island’s senior clinicians and helps brief the designers on what should be included in the hospital and its surrounding campus. The Functional Brief has been put together following more than 60 meetings and workshops across the entire Health and Community Service workforce, including senior clinicians and doctor and nurse representatives and will continue to evolve through regular clinical engagement. The most recent version of the Functional Brief, which is an evolving document, can be read here: https://ourhospital.je/news-and-updates/article/functional-brief-published.  

3.2 Who is deciding on the services the hospital will provide?

The Department of Health and Community Service is leading this process. More than 60 meetings and workshops have taken place across the entire Health and Community Service workforce, including with senior clinicians and doctor and nurse representatives to prepare the Functional Brief, and regular clinical engagement will continue throughout the design process. The Functional Brief can be read here: https://ourhospital.je/news-and-updates/article/functional-brief-published

3.3 Why does it need a private wing?

A substantial proportion of Islanders have private health insurance or are affluent enough to want to spend their own money on healthcare, which allows the Government to generate income to offset the costs of modern healthcare. Spending money on providing such facilities is an investment that will reap significant returns, all of which would be ringfenced for States Healthcare funding. Without a private offering, patients may travel to the United Kingdom for treatment and those healthcare tourists who choose Jersey for their healthcare would no longer visit. If the new hospital did not have private facilities, it is likely a separate and private commercial hospital would be created for private patients in Jersey, depriving Health of significant income streams.

3.4 Why does it need a knowledge and training centre?

Training staff is a key ingredient which not only develops local talent, but aids staff retention as fewer talented Islanders in medical practice will need to travel overseas to develop their skills and experience. Furthermore, a modern and purpose-built knowledge and training centre will attract a high calibre of health professionals to teach and lecture who, in turn, will also treat and care for Islanders.

4.0 Reprovision of Healthcare Services from Overdale

4.1 When will the planning application for the reprovision of Overdale Health Services to the former Les Quennevais School site be submitted?

The planning application for the reprovision of Overdale health services to the former Les Quennevais School site was submitted at the beginning of August and validated on 17 August 2021.


The planning application is public and can be viewed on the Government of Jersey Planning applications register here: https://www.gov.je/citizen/planning/pages/Planning.aspx using the reference: P/2021/1139. 

4.2 Why has the former Les Quennevais School site been selected to accommodate the healthcare services moving from Overdale? 

Extensive work was undertaken to assess suitable options and locations to temporarily house those departments that need to vacate Overdale while the new hospital is being built, including over 40 meetings with clinicians and health staff. After careful consideration, the former Les Quennevais School site in St Brelade was chosen as, among other things, it has the space to accommodate all existing services under one location, it has free parking, and the site is well served by public transport.

4.3 When will the existing healthcare services move to Les Quennevais? For how long? 

Preliminary works to make the former Les Quennevais School site suitable for accommodating the healthcare services from Overdale (asbestos strip and building maintenance and repair) began in Autumn 2021. Construction works are anticipated to commence in early 2022 after the planning application has been approved. These construction works are anticipated to be completed later in 2022, and health services currently at Overdale will be relocated shortly afterwards.


The existing healthcare facilities will continue to be provided at Overdale until such time as they are relocated. At present, the new hospital at Overdale is anticipated to open in 2026, allowing for many of the services to be relocated back to the new hospital. 

4.4 Will all existing healthcare services return to the new hospital when it is completed? 

At this stage, there is no commitment to return all healthcare services back to the new hospital once it is operational as some of the services may be better located elsewhere. The States Assembly’s approval of the Jersey Care Model means there is a move to a modern model of care that is more focused on preventing conditions. In moving to a more preventive model, the Jersey Care Model recognises that not all services need to be provided in a hospital, as a community setting may often be easier to access.


The Functional Brief for the Reprovision of Overdale Health Services to the former Les Quennevais School site, which outlines the planned health services to be relocated to the former Les Quennevais School site, can be found here: https://ourhospital.je/news-and-updates/article/functional-brief-reprovision-former-lq-school.


It is currently anticipated that Les Quennevais School site will only be a temporary facility, and it is not the intention for any healthcare services to remain there once the new hospital is operational. However, this is still being reviewed and may be subject to change over time. 

4.5 Have neighbours around the Les Quennevais School been consulted? How will they continue to be involved? 

We established the Les Quennevais Neighbourhood Forum (LQNF) with the aim to share information about the proposals with residents located close to the site and to receive comments and feedback on the proposals, which were considered as part of the planning application. 

The first meeting was held virtually on 18 February, and meetings were held regularly until the planning application was submitted in early August 2021. Prior to the first meeting, an invitation letter informing residents about the forum was distributed to over 200 households located close to the former school site. The last LQNF meeting occurred on 22 July 2021 as a hybrid meeting with members of the team and residents joining at Communicare in St Brelade and virtually through Zoom. The recordings of these meetings and presentations delivered during the meetings are available to access on this page under ‘Key Documents’.


The planning application included a Statement of Community Involvement, which details the community consultation and engagement undertaken. You can view the full planning application and Statement of Community Involvement on the Government of Jersey Planning applications register here: https://www.gov.je/citizen/planning/pages/Planning.aspx (ref: P/2021/1139).


The submission of the planning application followed a virtual exhibition on the proposals to relocate Overdale Health Services to the former Les Quennevais School site, which you can view on this page under ‘Previous Exhibition Materials’ here: https://ourhospital.je/community#important-documents

5.0 Roads and Transport

5.1 How was Westmount Road selected as the preferred access route?

Following the debate in the States Assembly on 1 February 2021, Westmount Road, as a 2-way road with areas for active modes of travel, such as walking and cycling, was selected as the preferred access solution for the new hospital. The decision follows a review by the Future Hospital Review Panel of the findings of the Access Appraisal Report, which was prepared and submitted by Highways and Transport consulting engineers Arup, in December 2020.


A comprehensive appraisal of 71 different access options was undertaken as part of this report, against various criteria including accessibility, safety, impact on road networks’ capacity, environmental impacts, and constructability. The report found that many of the access options could not be taken forward for further investigation as they were not deliverable within the project timeframe or affordable within the contract limit. One-way access options that utilise Tower Road, Queen’s Road, and St John’s Road were also not being taken forward to further investigation owing to the increase in traffic on residential streets, increasing risk to neighbours, including schools and disruption. 


Westmount Road (Option 7) was put forward as the preferred access solution, on the basis that it could be delivered within the project timeframe, was affordable within the contract limit, and would result in less visual and environmental impacts in comparison to access options from King George V Cottage Homes and the A1 St Aubin’s Road.


Further information can be found in the Access Appraisal Report here.

5.2 What is informing the design of the access road?

The development of the new hospital must consider appropriate access to the site, particularly in consideration of a potential increased traffic flow due to the larger capacity of the new hospital.


The road must be designed in such a way as to avoid and reduce risks of accidents, blockages, and delays to journey times. Road access to the new hospital must provide safe and reliable 24/7 access for all users including emergency vehicles, and where appropriate improve access by alternative modes of transportation by bus, pedestrians, and cyclists.


The preferred road option of Westmount Road has taken into consideration the need for changes to the alignment of Westmount and appropriate road widening, to enable the safe movement of a potentially increased flow of two-way traffic travelling to the Overdale site on a day-to-day basis due to the larger and more varied capacity of the new hospital. The widened two vehicular lane carriageway would allow for a resilient emergency service and improved bus service access.


Active travel, sustainability, and accessibility are key considerations in the road design, so options are being investigated with respect to implementing an improved bus service and the provision of appropriate footways. Any travel corridor will need to include an allowance for a constant width paved footway, cycle lane and verge.


At the same time, a foremost consideration in the design process is needed to minimise impacts on residents, People’s Park, the environment, and heritage, and to provide suitable mitigation to any predicted impacts as part of the design and planning application.


You can view the most up-to-date Developed Designs for the access road, including seven verified views, in our Developed Design Virtual Exhibition available under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page.

5.3 How wide is the proposed access road?

The preferred Westmount Road option takes into consideration the need to alter its alignment and widen the road to an indicative 10.7m travel corridor, to enable the safe movement of a potentially increased flow of two-way traffic travelling to the Overdale site on a day to-day basis due to the larger and more varied capacity of the new hospital. The widened two vehicular lane carriageway would allow for a resilient emergency service and improved bus service access. 


As present, the road design indicatively foresees: 

  • A 6.7m wide vehicular roadway, based on advice provided by the Government of Jersey. 
  • A 4m wider active travel route for pedestrians and cyclists. 


It could also include up to 1.5m allowances for physical barriers, walls, and verges either side of the travel corridor.


The road design has not been finalised and these widths are subject to change. One of the aims of the road design as it evolves will be to optimise the alignment of the road, to make it less wide where it is feasible and safe to do so.


You can view the most up-to-date Developed Designs for the access road, including seven verified views, in our Developed Design Virtual Exhibition available under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page.

5.4 Has a one-way access road been considered?

Various one-way systems were considered as part of the Access Options Appraisal Report (see FAQ 5.1). However, for the preferred access option of Westmount Road, it was assessed that the one-way system would not provide the necessary reliability and resiliency to allow for viable 24/7, safe access for all users including emergency vehicles. A one-way system would restrict emergency access to and from St Helier and the Island overall, by adding length to journey times, and escalating the risks of blockages. For the new hospital which will host critical emergency services, a small difference in journey time could mean the difference between life and death for the most vulnerable of users.


As such, the preferred road option has taken into consideration the need for change to the alignment of Westmount and appropriate road widening, to enable an active travel route, for a potentially increased flow of two-way traffic on a day-to-day basis, and to allow for a resilient emergency service access.


You can view the most up-to-date Developed Designs for the access road, including seven verified views, in our Developed Design Virtual Exhibition available under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page.

5.5 Is Access Option 6: ‘to do nothing’ still being considered?

Each possible alteration to Westmount Road to create a safe, two-way access to the new hospital, will be assessed against the ‘do nothing’ options within Option 6. These assessments will then be used to inform the final designs of Westmount Road.


You can view the most up-to-date Developed Designs for the access road, including seven verified views, in our Developed Design Virtual Exhibition available under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page.

5.6 How much will the road development cost?

The total cost for all road and highway improvements will be approximately £15.5m. This sum is all part of the original construction cost budget, which has already been published.

5.7 How will People’s Park be affected by the road design?

Under the emerging scheme, the chevroned parking along the bottom (or eastern side) of the park would be replaced. A narrow section running up the side of Westmount Road may also be impacted, but it would not disturb the trees. It is possible that the play area towards the northwest corner) could also be impacted. 


The emerging proposed scheme also envisages that the park will increase in size by incorporating some of the land currently used by the Jersey Bowling Club (which will be relocated) and the original Westmount Road. A public walkway could be created underneath the new road to open into a new community space and extension of the green space. 


The tree canopy at the back of the park (to the west) will remain unchanged, providing a natural barrier for the visual impact of the road, much as it does today. If any trees must be removed, they will be replaced.


The full implications of the scheme on the amenity of the park, including the playground and hangman’s corner, as well as trees and ecology will be fully assessed as part of the design and in light of consultation with residents, with a view to minimizing impacts.


You can view the most up to date Developed Designs for the access road and People’s Park, including seven verified views, in our Developed Design Virtual Exhibition available under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page.

5.8 How will Jersey Bowling Club be affected?

As the preferred access route goes through the land of the Jersey Bowling Club, the Government of Jersey are working closely with the Jersey Bowling Club to identify alternative arrangements for this facility.

6.0 Overdale Access

6.1 Where will the parking for the new hospital be located?

The location of the car park has not yet been finalised, as the site layout concepts are at the developed design stage in the design process. However, the aim will be to ensure that accessible parking spaces are available close to the main hospital entrance.


You can view the most up to date developed designs for parking in the Developed Design Virtual Exhibition available under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page.

6.2 How many parking spaces will be available at the hospital?

A travel survey has been undertaken with staff, patients and visitors which will inform the number of car parking spaces that are needed and will inform the design of the carpark. Sustainability and accessibility are important considerations in the project design, so alternative modes of transportation are also being investigated.


You can view the most up to date developed designs for parking in the Developed Design Virtual Exhibition available under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page.

6.3 Is it necessary to redevelop Westmount Road?

The road must be designed to avoid and reduce risks of accidents, blockages, and delays to journey times. Road access to the new hospital must provide safe and reliable 24/7 access for all users, including emergency vehicles, and where appropriate improve access by alternative modes of transportation by bus, pedestrians, and cyclists. The preferred road option of Westmount Road has taken into consideration the need for changes to the alignment of Westmount and appropriate road widening, to enable the safe movement of a potentially increased flow of two-way traffic travelling to the Overdale site on a day-to-day basis, due to the larger and more varied capacity of the new hospital. The widened two-vehicular lane carriageway would allow for a resilient emergency service and improved bus service access. Any travel corridor will need to include an allowance for a constant width paved footway, cycle lane and verge.


You can view the most up-to-date Developed Designs for the access road, including seven verified views, in our Developed Design Virtual Exhibition available under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page.

6.4 Will the changes to the road take large chunks of The People’s Park away?

The chevroned parking along the bottom (or eastern side) of the park is likely to be impacted. A narrow section running up the side of Westmount Road may also be impacted, but every effort will be made not disturb the trees. It is possible that the play area towards the back corner (northwest corner) of the park may need to be relocated elsewhere in the park, in consultation with the Parish.


You can view the most up to date Developed Designs for the access road and People’s Park, including seven verified views, in our Developed Design Virtual Exhibition available under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page.

6.5 Are we going to be left with a smaller, unusable park?

Under the proposed scheme, the park will increase in size by incorporating some of the land currently used by the Jersey Bowls Club (which will be relocated) and the original Westmount Road.


You can view the most up to date Developed Designs for the access road and People’s Park, including seven verified views, in our Developed Design Virtual Exhibition available under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page.

6.6 How many trees are going to be destroyed?

The aim is to retain as many trees as possible, including those which run adjacent to the perimeters of the park and up the first section of Westmount Road, where new cycle lanes and footpaths will be created. Also, the tree canopy at the back of the park (to the west) will remain unchanged. If any trees must be removed, they will be replaced.

6.7 How much will the redevelopment of the road cost?

The total cost for all access improvements to Westmount Road will be approximately £15.5m. This sum is all part of the original construction cost budget.

6.8 When will a more detailed plan for Westmount Road be released?

Road work design and the supporting civil engineering drawings are invariably simply presented using plans and cross-sections which are two-dimensional drawings. These drawings were first featured in the second Virtual Exhibition – ‘Hospital Site Strategy Design’ which launched on 15th March 2021 and can still be accessed under the ‘Key Documents’ on this page.


The design itself was discussed in multiple community forum meetings, with recordings available under ‘Key Documents’ on this page as well. Three-dimensional imagery of road design is usually captured in wider urban or landscape design images and that has been the case here too. These computer-generated images are produced toward the end of the design process when all decisions have been made and all details agreed. In addition to this, in recognition of how important this issue was for local people, ‘verified views’ were agreed with Government of Jersey planners. These views are not artists impressions but highly accurate representations of what will be seen when the works are completed. This process is demanding and time-consuming.


However, the seven verified views have all been produced as required, and then compiled into ‘before and after’ views for public consumption. The views were published through Jersey news outlets towards the end of September 2021, and three of the most critical views were featured in the fourth virtual exhibition – ‘Developed Design’ which launched on 1st October 2021. All views were presented to the 29th of September Community Liaison Group (CLG) meeting and the 30th of September Overdale Neighbours Forum (ONF) meeting, to ensure those most directly impacted and those representing a cross-section of Island-wide opinion were fully briefed. These presentations can also be accessed under ‘Key Documents’ as above, with reference to the following – ‘CLG Meeting 5 – Final Presentation and ‘ONF Meeting No 7 – Final Presentation’.


Feedback from the Forums and the Health Workers’ Panel generally felt that the impacts were far less than had been feared and that the ‘superhighway’ term was inaccurate and misleading.

6.9 Do plans involve Westmount Road becoming significantly wider than it is today?

Any increase in width to the access route will be to allow two ambulances or buses to safely pass one another, but also include footpaths and dedicated cycle routes.


You can view the most up to date Developed Designs for the access road and People’s Park, including seven verified views, in our Developed Design Virtual Exhibition available under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page.

6.10 How have neighbours around the hospital site been consulted? How will they continue to be involved?

We have established an Overdale Neighbourhood Forum (ONF), made up of residents around the site. Meetings have been held monthly since December 2020, where information is shared about the hospital and road design, among other items, and residents can provide feedback on the emerging designs. Overdale Neighbourhood Forum meetings will continue to be held monthly until the planning application for the hospital is submitted later in Winter 2021.


Recordings and presentations for each of the Overdale Neighbourhood Forum meetings are available to view on this page under ‘Key Documents’.


More details about community consultation are available under FAQ 10. 

7.0 Trees

7.1 What is the overall impact of the project on the tree population within the site boundary?

Overall, there will be a net gain of around 700 trees within the site boundary as a result of the project. A minimum of 860 trees will be planted in comparison to the approximate 160 trees which, after careful consultation with local arboriculturists, will be removed. Only three of these removed trees are ‘Category ‘A’ trees. 


It should be recognised that quantifying tree presence at the current design stage poses certain challenges; for example, in terms of existing trees it is not just mature specimens that are counted for, as some very small and self-seeded, barely saplings, are also included in the number. 


A significant proportion of the new trees will be semi-mature (properly described as ‘Advanced Nursery Stock’) and not saplings, and the largest of these will be up to 11m tall; making a bigger impact than might be expected. There will be more trees planted around the realigned Westmount Road, along St. Aubin’s Road and around Victoria Park and the People’s Park. 


The distinctive oak tree on the southwest of the site will be retained and protected. 


Approximately 660 linear metres of hedging will be removed but over 1275 linear metres of new hedging will also be added.

8.0 Environmental Management and Sustainability

8.1 What impact will there be on noise and air quality, and how will these be managed?

An Environmental Impact Statement will be submitted as part of the planning application that will consider potential impacts associated with construction, including noise, vibration, and dust and identify ways to mitigate and minimize these impacts on surrounding neighbours.


Studies are being undertaken as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment to assess existing noise and air quality conditions, and modelling will then be performed to understand the potential impacts of construction and operation. The findings of these studies will then inform what mitigation measures would be required to minimize these impacts. Consultation on potential impacts and measures to mitigate them will form part of the assessment process.


ROKFCC JV are members of the Considerate Constructors Programme and are committed to minimizing any disturbance caused, and to ensuring that all contractors will comply with the programme’s requirements. 

8.2 Why are Environmental Impact Assessment reports not required for the Overdale planning applications or for the reprovision of health services to the former Les Quennevais School site planning application?

Decisions regarding the need or otherwise for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) rest with Jersey Planners who interpret the relevant policies and regulations. It was determined by GoJ Planners that no EIA was required for the retrofitting of the former Les Quennevais School site. This is based on the location and the fact that no significant environmental impacts are likely to result from the retrofitting activities. The planning application for Les Quennevais is for ‘change of use’ rather than for new development and does not fall within Schedule 1 of the Planning and Building (Environmental Impact) (Jersey) Order, 2006 which lists all types of projects which may require EIA. This means that no EIA was required. As has been discussed on several occasions through the consultation process with Forum members and others, asbestos removal will need to be managed carefully and appropriately. This falls under quite separate regulations and specific approved working processes and contractors will need to be used to conform. Preparations are being made to cater for these needs. 


The demolition of the existing buildings at Overdale went through a formal EIA screening process in which reasons were set out as to why the works did not fall within Schedule 1 of the Environmental Impact Order, as mentioned above. Though no EIA was prepared for the demolition application, environmental studies such as construction traffic and noise studies were carried out and submitted with the demolition planning application. It can be viewed on the Jersey Planning applications register here: https://www.gov.je/citizen/Planning/Pages/Planning.aspx using reference P/2021/1398. 


The new hospital at Overdale does require an EIA and a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been submitted with the planning application. Prior to carrying out the EIA, the scope of the assessment was agreed with Jersey Planners and their consultees. This included confirmation on the environmental topics to be covered, study areas and survey and assessment methodologies. The EIS is a public document and is available from Government of Jersey – for more information see http://www.hwa.uk.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Environmental-Impact-Statement-Chapter-2-Environmental-Impact-Assessment-.pdf. As part of the planning application, a non-technical summary is available which provides a more digestible description of the proposals along with a brief description of the assessment outcomes, in non-technical language. These documents can be viewed as part of the planning application, validated on 24 November and available here (ref: P/2021/1670).

9.0 Planning Applications and Timeline

9.1 What planning applications are being prepared?

Three separate planning applications are being prepared: 

  1. The site preparation application, which will include demolition of existing buildings on the Overdale Hospital site, was submitted in late September and validated on 7 October (ref: P/2021/1398).
  2. The reprovision of Overdale health services to the former Les Quennevais School site application was submitted in early August and validated on 17 August 2021 (ref: P/2021/1139). 
  3. The main hospital application, which will include the Overdale access proposals, was submitted on 15 November 2021 and validated on 24 November (ref: P/2021/1670) 


All of the above planning applications can be found on the Government of Jersey's Planning application search here quoting the respective application's reference number. 

9.2 What's involved with the site preparation application? When will it be submitted?

For the site preparation application, we are seeking permission to demolish those buildings on the existing Overdale hospital site which are in Government of Jersey (GoJ) ownership. The remaining properties, not currently in GoJ ownership, will not be included in this application. The site preparation application was submitted in late September and validated on 7 October. It can be viewed on the Jersey Planning applications register here: https://www.gov.je/citizen/Planning/Pages/Planning.aspx using reference P/2021/1398. We expect to receive planning permission in winter 2021-22 and commence the demolition works by spring 2022. 


The early demolition works detailed in the site preparation application will concentrate on the vacant buildings on the Overdale site. Other buildings will need to remain operational while the former Les Quennevais School site is being prepared to temporarily accommodate healthcare services currently being facilitated at Overdale Hospital. The early demolition of the existing Overdale Hospital buildings will allow the excavation of the foundations for the new hospital building to commence shortly after planning permission has been granted for the main hospital.

9.3 Is an Environmental Impact Assessment required for the demolition application?

The demolition of the existing buildings at Overdale went through a formal EIA screening process in which reasons were set out as to why the works did not fall within Schedule 1 of the Planning and Building (Environmental Impact) (Jersey) Order, 2006. Though no EIA was prepared for the demolition application, environmental studies such as construction traffic and noise studies were carried out and submitted with the demolition planning application. The demolition planning application can be viewed on the Jersey Planning application search here quoting reference P/2021/1398.

9.4 What's involved with the reprovision planning application? When will it be submitted?

For the reprovision of Overdale health services planning application, we are seeking permission to re-provide the healthcare services currently being facilitated at Overdale at the former Les Quennevais school site.


The planning application for the reprovision of Overdale health services to the former Les Quennevais School site was submitted in early August and validated on 17 August 2021. The planning application can be viewed on the Government of Jersey Planning applications register here: https://www.gov.je/citizen/planning/pages/Planning.aspx (ref: P/2021/1139). This followed a virtual exhibition on the proposals to relocate Overdale health services to the former Les Quennevais School site, which you can view on this page under ‘Previous Consultation Materials’ here: https://ourhospital.je/community#important-documents


We expect to receive planning permission in Winter 2021 and commence the reprovision works (estimated to last for nine months) in the first quarter of 2022. Enabling works to the former Les Quennevais School site commenced in mid-August 2021. 


More information about this planning application can be found under FAQ 4.0.

9.5 What's involved with the main hospital planning application? When will it be submitted? 

For the main hospital planning application, we are seeking permission to build Jersey’s new hospital and any associated works including the upgrade and realignment of Westmount Road and the demolition of the balance of requisite properties, located outside of the existing Overdale Hospital site, e.g., Jersey Bowling Club, Jersey Water, and some private properties.  


Regarding the Bowling Club, we will continue to actively explore alternative sites with the intention of securing the most suitable option prior to submitting the main hospital application. 


The application was submitted on 15 November 2021. The application was validated on 24 November 2021 and is available to view on the Government of Jersey planning search here quoting ref: P/2021/1670. We will then await the Public Inquiry (expected to take place in spring 2022), receive planning permission in summer 2022, then commence construction immediately after. Our focus and priority will be on the upgrade and realignment of Westmount Road, which enables the wider project. 

9.6 Is an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) required for the main hospital application? 

The new hospital at Overdale does require an EIA and a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been submitted with the planning application. Prior to carrying out the EIA, the scope of the assessment was agreed with Jersey Planners and their consultees. This included confirmation on the environmental topics to be covered, study areas and survey and assessment methodologies. The EIS is a public document and is available from Government of Jersey – for more information see http://www.hwa.uk.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Environmental-Impact-Statement-Chapter-2-Environmental-Impact-Assessment-.pdf. 


As part of the planning application, a non-technical summary is available which provides a more digestible description of the proposals along with a brief description of the assessment outcomes, in non-technical language. 

These documents can be viewed as part of the planning application, validated on 24 November and available to view on the Government of Jersey Planning application search here (ref: P/2021/1670).

10.0 Public Consultation and Engagement

10.1 How is public feedback being considered in design and planning process?

Feedback shared with us throughout the project is logged and recorded and shared with the design team. This feedback is important in shaping and informing the emerging designs. All feedback, meetings and public consultation will also be reported in a Statement of Community Participation, which will form part of the main hospital planning application. For the site preparation application and the reprovision of Overdale health services application, a Statement of Community Involvement was prepared and submitted as part of both planning applications.


You can also view the Community Island Diagram, which outlines the community groups and forums across Jersey that we have mapped and consulted, on this page under the ‘Current Community Exhibitions’ section.

10.2 What is the Citizens’ Panel’s role?

The role of the Citizens’ Panel was originally to set the criteria, on behalf of the public, that would be used to assess the 82 site suggestions made by Islanders. They did not select a preferred site or know of the list of suggestions until the site shortlist was announced. The panel remained engaged, offering essential feedback, on behalf of Islanders, at key milestones in the project. The panel’s original Terms of Reference can be found on gov.je/ourhospital. 

10.3 Who are the Citizens’ Panel and how were they chosen?

Following advice from Statistics Jersey, the Government set up a representative Citizens’ Panel of 17 Islanders. They were a 50% split of males and females, with all age groups represented, as well as proportionately split by according to St Helier residents and other parishes. Two foreign nationals were also included. The panel unanimously decided to remain anonymous. This decision is regularly reviewed. The Selection Methodology can be found at gov.je/ourhospital. 

10.4 How have neighbours around the hospital site been consulted? How will they continue to be involved?

We have established an Overdale Neighbourhood Forum (ONF), made up of residents around the site. Meetings have been held monthly since December 2020, where information is shared about the hospital and road design, among other items, and residents can provide feedback on the emerging designs. Overdale Neighbourhood Forum meetings will continue to be held monthly until the planning application for the main hospital is submitted. 


Invitations to attend these virtual meetings have been issued via email (to those who have previously subscribed to receive emails or registered for our events) and via letter drop. The most recent letter drop in June 2021 was distributed to those residents whose homes border the proposed hospital site. Any resident of the Overdale area who wishes to attend these meetings can do so by informing us via email at community@ourhospital.je


Recordings and presentations for each of the Overdale Neighbourhood Forum meetings are available to view on this page under ‘Key Documents’. 

10.5 How have businesses, community organisations, schools and youth organisations and other interest groups been consulted? How will they continue to be involved?

We have established a Community Liaison Group (CLG) made up of local businesses, charities, volunteering community organisations, access and inclusion user groups, community associations and Parish groups, schools and youth organisations, and other interest groups with a vested interest in the Our Hospital Project. Meetings have been held monthly since February 2021 and are a chance for these interest groups to learn more about the Our Hospital Project, receive the latest updates on the hospital proposals, and provide feedback. 


Community Liaison Group meetings will continue to be held monthly until the planning application for the main hospital is submitted later in 2021. Any representative of local interest groups who wishes to attend these meetings can do so by informing us via email at community@ourhospital.je


Recordings and presentations for each of the Community Liaison Group meetings are available to view on this page under ‘Key Documents’.


We are also engaging with Jersey’s youth directly through our Express Yourself! competition which asks Jersey’s youth to answer the question ‘How can Jersey's Our Hospital Project help to make the Island a better place?’ in a creative manner. More details about this competition are available in the ‘News’ section of this page.

10.6 How can I get involved? 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch with the OHP Consultation team using the following details: 

Call: 01534 481297 

Visit our website: www.ourhospital.je/community 

Can’t find what you are looking for? Get in touch with our dedicated consultation team community@ourhospital.je

Timeline

The timeline below sets out the key milestones for the delivery of the Our Hospital Project. We have ensured that there will be opportunities for you to get involved and share your feedback as the design develops, through a programme of extensive consultation events and activities.

Feb 2021

Preferred access route selected

Feb - Mar 2021

Development of site master plan

Apr - Jun 2021

Development of hospital design concepts

Nov 2021

Submission of hospital planning application

Nov 2021 - Mar 2022

Developed design public inquiry

Apr 2022

Construction starts

2026

New Hospital opens

Key Documents

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