Plans to demolish a longstanding hotel in the heart of St. Helier to make way for more than 200 homes have officially been given the go-ahead.
The Mayfair Hotel closed its doors at the end of last month after half-a-century in the hands of the family-run Modern Hotels Group – though its history extends back even further.
According to Occupation Historian Colin Isherwood, it was taken over by German forces in 1941 and became the first of several ‘Soldatenheims’ (Soldiers Homes), recreational establishments where personnel could have hot meals, relax and write to loved ones.
Over the following decades, it welcomed thousands of tourists through its doors, but eventually decided that the “challenges facing tourism” had become too great in recent years, which, combined with the “pressure of covid-19” led to its closure.
Plans were submitted back in January to demolish the hotel and construct 137 on-bed and 68 two-bed residential units with basement parking and landscaping.
Dandara will be working on the five to six storey development on behalf of affordable and social housing provider Andium.
The application was officially approved yesterday.
The Savoy is another well-known hotel soon to be closing, with plans underway to use the site for 'eco-homes'.
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