Plans for major St Helier development rejected

Le Masurier's proposed Les Sablons development, situated between Commercial Street and Broad Street. Picture: Le Masurier (34825129)

A £120m plan to regenerate two acres of town with an apart-hotel, more than 200 homes, restaurants, shops and a walkway and courtyard linking Broad Street and Commercial Street has today been unanimously rejected by the Planning Committee.

Le Masurier, the 187-year-old property company owned by one of Jersey’s richest families, the Clarkes, had submitted plans for ‘Les Sablons’ – a development of more than 200 flats across three blocks, and a 103-room ‘apart-hotel’ with ground-floor shops, cafes and restaurants.

If approved, Les Sablons would have covered 31-41 Broad Street and 19-29 Commercial Street and included a landscaped courtyard and access between the two streets.

Ahead of this morning’s planning meeting, the Planning Department recommended the project be refused.

Société Jersiaise and the National Trust also came together to oppose it, describing the development as ‘a banal, anonymous and unimaginative commercial development which could be located anywhere’.

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