Luxury mansion projects for an abandoned hotel on the north coast
Plans have been submitted for the building, which has been empty for five years, and one of those involved in the project said a “wealthy individual” was considering occupying it.
Mike Stein, director of MS Planning, the architectural firm behind the plans, says the proposed property will be much more visually appealing to the existing building.
He said: “The idea is to replace the existing hotel with just one new accommodation. Obviously, a wealthy person will take care of it.
“We were very strongly constrained by the plan of the island because the site is in the coastal national park and 69% of the footprint of the existing site will be landscaped.
“The idea is that there will be a series of granite walls superimposed on each other and that the house will be a three-story element set back on these walls. The visual impact will be considerably reduced. At present, there are white plastered walls rising up to five stories.
“The program maintains an offer of cafes and restaurants. This is what will replace the Black Dog pub and the dive center – this is the only place for that because of the deep water – so that will also be preserved.
Mr Stein added that, subject to obtaining approval, it was expected that work could start in a year. ‘
There had previously been unsubstantiated speculation that billionaire Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich – who in 2018 received housing qualifications to live in Jersey as a high-value resident – was interested in developing the Water’s Edge hotel.
Mr Stein added: “We had a public exhibition in May and it went very well and we had very positive feedback.
The Jersey Architecture Commission said it was a design model and the Jersey Motorcycle and Light Car Club [which holds hill climbs in the bay] said they were thrilled with the plans.
“This means that they only have to consult one unit instead of 25. There is an existing authorization for 25 independent units. Therefore, if this program fails, these will likely be built in its place.
“We have also spoken with the planning department and they are very comfortable with the proposals.”
Mr Stein said the site plans had been officially submitted but had not yet appeared on the publicly available online planning register.