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Campaigners angry over plans to knock down 19th century townhouse

Le Maurier hope the redevelopment will redevelop North St Helier. Credit: Le Masurier

Campaigners in Jersey have been angered over the possible demolition of a 19th century townhouse in St Helier.

92 Bath Street is partly concealed because of modern alterations but Le Masurier, a commercial development company, wants to knock it down and replace it with a new £70m complex.

Part of the redevelopment is a new 122 room Premier Inn Hotel. It is hoped it will help regenerate North St Helier.

Campaigners against the plans have said the 1832 townhouse is a clear example of buildings from the period and is a part of the town's history.

Le Masurier has said that even though it is sympathetic to the loss of a listed building, it is conscious that Premier Inn could withdraw its commitment to do business there.

The hotel chain wants what it describes as a Bath Street "front door".

Le Masurier also says that efforts to rebuild the derelict building would mean inserting a steel frame which would significantly damage its structure.

As well as the hotel, the development is said to comprise of 145 residential units and plans for 100 full time jobs.