27 June 2013
The Planning Department has welcomed revised plans submitted by the Channel Islands Co-Operative Society to redevelop its Charing Cross site, which now retain two of the six listed buildings.
The new plans were delivered to the Planning Department late on Wednesday 26 June, the day before the Planning Applications Panel were due to review the application at a public meeting. The Co-op had applied to demolish all existing buildings on their Charing Cross site and construct a four storey building comprising retail units, office space and parking on the ground floor and office and residential accommodation above.
According to Planning, the scheme would deliver tangible benefits to the town centre, but the department had recommended to the Planning Applications Panel that the application be refused, primarily due to the loss of all historic buildings on the site.
In retaining two of the listed buildings, 5 and 6 Pitt Street (known as the Foot buildings), the revised plans are sufficiently different to the current application that they will be advertised and made available for public comment and considered in accordance with the Planning Law.
Planning’s Development Control Director, Peter Le Gresley said “The revised plans appear to offer a more positive scheme to that submitted previously. The demolition of all listed buildings in Pitt Street and Dumaresq Street was always going to be a challenge and I’m pleased to see that the new plan retains some heritage buildings on the site. We look forward to receiving comments regarding these new plans and giving full consideration to this amended scheme in due course.”
As a result of the Co-op submitting these new plans, the Planning Applications Panel will not be reviewing the application and existing plans at their meeting on Thursday 27 June. The application and new plans will be reviewed by the Planning Applications Panel at a public meeting once the public consultation process has been completed and the Planning Department have considered the new plans in full.