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Key dates and activities for the Our Hospital Project
To ensure that the construction of the new hospital can commence in a timely manner (subject to Planning permission being granted) and be operational before the end of 2026, we will be submitting three, distinct planning applications, as sequenced and outlined below.
In Application 1, we are seeking permission to demolish those buildings on the existing Overdale hospital site which are already in Government of Jersey (GOJ) ownership. The remaining properties, not currently in GOJ ownership, will not be included in Application 1.
Our intention is to submit Application 1 in summer 2021, receive planning permission in winter 2021-22 and commence the demolition works by spring 2022.
The early demolition works for which we seek permission in Application 1, will concentrate on the vacant buildings on the Overdale site. Other buildings will need to remain operational while the former Les Quennevais school is being prepared to temporarily accommodate healthcare services currently being facilitated at Overdale Hospital – see Application 2.
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 - See Application 3.
The project team has recently issued a formal request to GOJ for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening opinion, to confirm whether or not an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be needed to accompany our planning application.
In Application 2, we are seeking permission to re-provide at Les Quennevais, the healthcare services currently being facilitated at Overdale.
Our intention is to submit Application 2 in summer 2021, receive planning permission in winter 2021 and commence the reprovision works (estimated to last for nine months) in the first quarter of 2022.
An EIA is unlikely to be needed for Application 2. We are currently seeking GOJ confirmation on this.
In Application 3, 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 Application 3.
Our intention is to submit Application 3 in winter 2021, await the Public Inquiry (expected to take place in spring 2022), receive the 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.
The need for EIA has already been established and the project team will soon submit a formal request to GOJ for an EIA scoping opinion, which will confirm the topics that will be covered in the EIS and the assessment methodologies that will be used.
THIS INFORMATION IS CORRECT AND UP TO DATE AS AT 10 JUNE 2021.