Plans for 22 flats in Jersey are lodged
A THREE-storey office block in St Saviour could be converted into 22 flats if plans are are given the go ahead.
Plat Douet Investments Ltd has applied for planning permission to turn Samuel Le Riche House into nine one-bed and 13 two-bed units.
Under the plans, part of the building, in Plat Douet Road, would be demolished and an extension added.
The proposals come after the site’s owners were refused planning permission in 2016 to knock down the existing building to replace it with a five-storey block containing 37 flats.
Several reasons were given at the time for why the proposal was rejected, including that it would create an ‘overly large building, distinctively urban in its appearance, which would be harmful to the character of this part of St Saviour’.
Godel Architects, the firm behind the latest plans, says in its design statement that the application ‘addresses the concerns’ of the previous refusal notice.
‘The proposal is in keeping with the scale of the existing building on the site and therefore would not be considered overly large,’ the design statement says.
It also says that the site is considered ‘appropriate’ for new residential development.
According to the plans, 26 ground-floor parking spaces would be created. Although the proposed number of spaces is below the department’s recommended standards, the applicant says that the site is reasonably close to the centre of St Helier and is well connected to bus routes.
The design statement adds that the proposal replaces a building of ‘poor design that largely detracts from the streetscape with a building of architectural quality in keeping with the character of the area’.
If given the green light, timber cladding would be added to some sections of the building, while white, grey and dark render would be applied to other areas.