Marine workshop destroyed in blaze may become house

THE remains of a former marine workshop destroyed in a suspected arson could be demolished and replaced with a four-bedroom house, subject to planning permission.

At 5am on 7 December 2015, paramedics, police officers and 25 firefighters raced to the Bulwarks, in St Aubin, after a major fire broke out at Gallichan Marine.

Around 20 residents were forced to leave their homes and seek refuge in St Brelade’s Parish Hall as the incident was dealt with.

The owner of the business, Bob Gallichan, was arrested on suspicion of arson soon after, but later took his own life.

Last year, three St Aubin businesses collectively put in a claim for £300,000 from his estate over losses caused by the blaze.

According to documents contained within a new planning application, planning permission was originally received to build a ground-floor restaurant on the site and two two-bedroom self-catering holiday lets above. It was then put on the market for £1.35 million.

The Harbour Gallery next door was later added to the sale agreement and the price put up to £2.7 million.

However, despite receiving several inquiries from developers and investors, no serious offers were made.

It also added that there were a number of vacant restaurants in the area which were already seeking new tenants.

According to plans, it is proposed that there will be a 114.4 square-metre pool, steam room, two-car garage, bicycle garage and bathroom on the ground floor. On the second floor will be a small terrace, external courtyard, together with two en-suite bedrooms, kitchen and living area. The master bedroom and second bedroom – both en-suite – would be on the top floor.


If approved, the construction will follow the development of another – until recently – derelict site in the area.

On Rue au Moestre, also known as Market Hill, a large home is being built and is due to incorporate a cinema, gym, pool and a sun deck and have extensive views over St Aubin’s Bay.

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