Create have submitted an application for detailed planning consent, for conversion of the existing buildings at the now closed Lloyds Bank premises in the centre of St Martin.
The application has been submitted on behalf of the property’s local freeholders, Esher Investments Ltd.
The proposed conversion will create 14 studio residential apartments designed to meet the Island’s much publicised high demand for key-worker accommodation. It will not entail construction of any new buildings.
The site comprises a detached purpose-built bank likely built in the 1970s, with a pair of single garages and a car park to rear.
Ricky Mahy of Create and principal scheme architect, commented: “The application represents the private sector working to assist with a problem currently reliant on the public purse. These are small, carefully formed apartments, highly efficient and sustainable with re-use of existing building. They can be delivered quickly with a low-carbon footprint. High quality internal specifications will help make it innovative and progressive.
“The application addresses key-worker accommodation problems which will relieve pressure on long-term Local Market housing; the units are expected to be for rent. Whilst currently a private sector scheme, we welcome engagement with any of The States agencies in need of key-worker accommodation”
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