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Plans to build tall in Jersey win CABE blessing

CABE has come out largely in favour of controversial plans to build tall buildings in St Helier, the historic capital of Jersey.

The design watchdog has produced a report - commissioned by the Jersey government - that supports the idea of schemes up to 15 storeys high on the town's waterfront.

The report was triggered by plans for a contentious mixed-use scheme on the waterfront by Eric Kuhne that proposed two large residential towers.

These proposals collapsed last summer when, following widespread local opposition, the Jersey authorities were forced to rescind their support for the project.

But the CABE report - put together by architect Peter Sandover as an exercise in enabling and published today - argues that there is still a strong argument for building tall.

'CABE believes that a case could be made for tall buildings on the waterfront,' the report says. 'Much will depend on the design quality and making the case for the composition of the structures in this location.'

However, the document is not without its reservations. 'If tall buildings are to be proposed, it may be preferable to propose them at a height which will ensure that their potential elegance is not lost,' it adds.

by Ed Dorrell

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