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Tamba Park owner plans to turn former church into homes

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A FORMER St Helier church could be converted into three first-time buyer homes if a planning application submitted by the owner of Tamba Park is approved.

Jonathan Ruff

Jonathan Ruff, through his company JAJ Properties Limited, has submitted plans for the First Tower Methodist Church, which sits off Route de St Aubin.

Mr Ruff wants to turn the redundant church into three two-bedroom flats with sea views.

He has previously converted the ex-United Reform Church in St Helier into apartments.

The design statement from application agents Origin Architecture Studio explains that the application to convert First Tower Methodist Church into three properties for first-time buyers would be more beneficial than one property that would be valued in excess of £1.2 million. The property has previously been approved for residential use.

The statement says: ‘We feel three unique lower-price properties will give the first-time buyer market something unique and prove very popular.’

The property has been vacant for six years and the application statement says that this plan would secure the future of the historic building and make it ‘part of the beneficial street scene again and not a blight on it’.

The design statement also adds that previous church conversions carried out by Mr Ruff and his company have been well-received by the property owners.

It adds: ‘The client has a great amount of experience in church conversions, having recently converted two churches into apartments to a very high standard, which have proved to be very popular with young homeowners who are looking for something different as their first home.’

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