Plans for making Chi Chi changes in St Aubin

A CLOTHING store in St Aubin could be demolished and a new store and one-bedroom apartment built in its place, if plans are approved.

The one-story building, which currently houses the Chi Chi shop, is described as not making the most of the built-up area. It is also not connected to any water or drainage facilities.

Plans have already been approved to convert the neighboring property – the former LoveJoy’s Antiques store – into a cafe. However, the proposed operator, Locke’s, has since said it is unwilling to go ahead with the plans due to staffing issues and objections from neighbours. A local resident also appealed against the decision to approve the project.

A design statement for the Chi Chi building application compiled by Godel Architects reads: ‘The brief was to breathe new life into the site to complement the proposed work underway at Seagull House [formerly LoveJoy’s Antiques].

“It was found that the property, along with the surrounding driveway and rear yard, would benefit significantly from a new building that enhances the appearance of the street scene while providing additional use in accordance with [the Island Plan]which aims to concentrate development within agglomerations.

“Key to the redevelopment was the provision of…facilities, including a wheelchair accessible WC. In addition, it was essential that the redevelopment of the site achieve the latest building control standards for thermal efficiency. There are also internal steps in the workshop floor area which may be restricted for some customers wishing to access the dressing room.

The statement added: “It is believed that the proposals will not cause any negative or detrimental impact on nearby historically listed or unlisted properties.” Chi Chi Boutique continues to trade from its St Aubin store as usual.