Part of Hotel de France to be knocked down and replaced with 124 flats
PLANS to demolish part of an iconic St Helier hotel and build over 100 apartments have been approved despite concerns raised by some nearby residents.
A total of 124 one- and two-bedroom apartments will be built at the Hotel de France once existing buildings and part of the hotel have been demolished.
The plans include knocking down the great hall, which has been used for conferences, and the dining hall of the hotel, as well as creating vehicle access from Wellington Road.
The development replaces a previous plan to build flats and offices and, once complete, will see 62 one-bedroom flats and 62 two-bedroom flats in three blocks spread across the site with parking spaces for each apartment and extra parking for hotel guests.
The development is on a smaller scale to the previous plan and will be built by Dandara, which is buying the land from the hotel.
During the application process, eight letters of objection and three of support were sent in.
Some of those objecting were concerned about the loss of light and the height of the buildings.
Tracey and Jason Lee wrote to the Planning Department to express their concerns.
They said: ‘We are aware that something has to be done with the existing building and cannot stop development in the area but the current revised plans are still intrusive and will envelop us.’
They also raised concerns about the additional traffic in the area, which is busy during the periods when parents are dropping off or picking up from nearby schools.
Others welcomed the revised plans, saying they were an improvement on the previously approved scheme.
Roger Goodwin wrote: ‘The architecture is both pleasing and visually exciting, showing a well thought-out contrast to the existing Hotel de France styles.’
A report prepared by officers from the Planning Department notes the height of the blocks in the new plans was higher than the existing buildings on the site, but that extra height had been compensated for by a larger gap between buildings and by moving them further away from neighbouring properties.
Two larger blocks will be built next to the existing hotel, replacing the great hall and the empty southern wing of the hotel, while a further block of flats will replace former staff accommodation on Wellington Road.