The Jersey government has launched a public consultation into its plans for one of the biggest mixed-use schemes on the island.

The consultation, which will run from 19 November to 11 January 2008, will look into the Minister for Planning and Environment’s Masterplan for the Esplanade Quarter, put together by Hopkins Architects and Minister Freddie Cohen.

The Esplanade Quarter is an important development site on Jersey’s waterfront, straddling the old town of St Helier and the new waterfront.

Harcourt Developments is awaiting the decision of the enquiry on the masterplan before submitting its application for its 6-acre Esplanade Square.

The developer wants to put 450,000 sq ft of offices and 150,000 sq ft of retail on the site.

The new plans include sinking the dual carriageway which currently splits the site underground, opening up development potential at the site and linking it to the main town.