Plans to transform former Jersey school site into flats approved

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PLANS to transform a former St Helier primary school into four flats have been approved.

The proposals will see the old home of St Christopher’s School on Stopford Road turned into two one-bedroom flats alongside a two-bedroom and a three-bedroom unit.

The school moved out of the property more than ten years ago and the building is currently vacant.

As part of the plans, the interior of the building will be remodelled. Partitions will be removed, a modern staircase built, windows altered and doorways repaired and added.

In a statement submitted by Paul Roberts, of Origin Architecture Studio, on behalf of the applicant, he said: ‘These modifications are considered to provide significant planning gain in respect of bringing the building back to beneficial use, and providing accommodation units that meet current standards within the built-up area.

‘The simple and modest modifications are considered to be in balance to that of the existing building, and are considered to have little impact to the heritage aspect of the building but serve to safeguard that heritage asset for the future.’

A decision notice published on the Planning website said: ‘The application provides for the addition of four new homes within the centre of St Helier. The new units will provide quality accommodation for the future occupiers with good-sized apartments in a well-considered design that, subject to planning conditions, protect the special qualities of this listed building, the setting of other listed buildings in the locality and the general character of the area.’

The notice added: ‘The scheme will provide cycle parking and a single car parking space with an electric charging point, a welcome addition in this sustainable location where the ratio of car parking spaces to new units is also thought appropriate.

‘Overall, the scheme is considered a positive addition to the town and is in accordance with the Bridging Island Plan.’

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