Public consultation on Jericho Wharf

The site has remained undeveloped since first being sold by British Waterways in 2005

Jericho Wharf Regeneration Company to present its proposals

Posted - Jul 06, 2019

On Friday July 12, the company developing the Jericho Wharf site will be holding a public consultation on their proposals for the development. The proposals will be on display, with the developer ready to answer question, in St Barnabas Church from 10.45 am to 6.00 p.m. You can drop in at any time during the day.

The exhibition will show the developer’s view of the latest plans for the whole site. The Jericho Wharf Trust has had helpful and productive meetings with the developer on the community facilities but discussions are still ongoing, and we still have concerns about the current proposals for the ground floor of the community centre and about the size of the public square.

The development is now being promoted by the ‘Jericho Wharf Regeneration Company’, an associate company of SIAHAF which obtained a planning consent for the site in 2016. SIAHAF decided not to go ahead and has been preparing new proposals with a different architect Stride Treglown.

For the community facilities, the principal difference is that these could now be built in two phases, to be completed either together or in sequence as funds became available. Phase 1 would include the boatyard and part of the community centre which would have enough facilities to run at a basic level. Phase 2 would build out the rest of the community centre needed for it to operate in the long term on a sustainable basis.

The developer is now proposing to build the boatyard and the shell of Phase 1 of the community centre, leaving the JWT to raise funds for the fit-out costs of Phase 1, and the construction of Phase 2. Part of the JWT’s ongoing concern is where the phasing line should be drawn.

The proposals also show plans for the commercial housing. The JWT has not been involved in these, except to point out they encroach more on the public square, which is now smaller than in the previous application and is fronted on the south side by housing rather than a restaurant – which makes it less of a public space.

This is a pre-planning consultation. Although the developer has also had preliminary discussions with the city planners, they have not yet made an application and discussions with continue with the JWT and others. Once the application has been submitted it would formally be open for public comment.