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New owners want to extend planning permission for Le Chalet

New owners want to extend planning permission for Le Chalet

Monday 24 January 2022

New owners want to extend planning permission for Le Chalet

Monday 24 January 2022


The new owners of Le Chalet Hotel are applying to renew planning permission to change its use "to give them the opportunity to decide on how or if to develop the site".

The unique, Swiss-style building has been vacant since 2012 and has fallen into an increasingly derelict condition in the years since.

In 2019, the previous owners obtained permission to turn the 39-bed hotel into 15 residential units. That permission expires in September.

The new owners of Le Chalet Hotel are Julia Hands' Hand Picked Hotels, who also own St. Pierre Park and the Grand Hotel in Jersey and completed the purchase of the Fermain Valley Hotel and Le Chalet Hotel in September last year.

They say they cannot complete any redevelopment of Le Chalet Hotel by the time the permission period expires.    

A design statement submitted in support of the application to renew development permission states: "The site requires significant refurbishment and investment but holds so much potential to become a desirable location for residential units. The quiet yet convenient location with picturesque scenery close by makes it an attractive prospect for any potential purchaser."

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Pictured: You can read the full design statement for the site ONLINE HERE.

Simon Miller, Regional General Manager of Hand Picked Hotels, said: “As you will be aware from local press coverage, Hand Picked Hotels acquired the Healthspan Group [the previous owner of Le Chalet Hotel] in September 2021. Our focus has been on integrating the hotels within that group into Hand Picked Hotels' portfolio where that is possible.

“This is very much an operational role which is where the focus of the business will be for at least the first year of acquisition. This is against the difficult headwinds the guest accommodation sector faces in Guernsey, of which I am sure you will be only too well aware of.

“Given the above, and the long lead in to embark on a major building project such as that agreed at The Chalet, we will not be in a position to implement the current extant residential planning permission at The Chalet ahead of the September 2022 planning permission expiry date.”

Picture credit: Lovell Ozanne, architect for the project. 

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