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Old Jersey College for Girls site set for redevelopment

Old JCG Building
The historic sections of the building will be kept and restored

The whole of the old Jersey College for Girls (JCG) site could be redeveloped after a new home was found for a charity that uses part of the building.

The Centre Point Trust has been running its child care service from the rear of the former college, but it has agreed to move to a new base nearby.

There were already plans for apartments in the front of the building but more of the site could be used for housing.

The historic sections of the old JCG will be kept and restored.

The sale of the site for residential development was included in a 2010 business plan, which was debated and agreed in principle by politicians in September last year.

Deputy John Le Fondre, the assistant treasury minister with responsibility for property, told BBC Jersey: "The original scheme was for roughly half the site, which is the fantastically old historic building on the front.

"What people may not realise is there's some less attractive buildings right behind it, which in area terms make up quite a significant part of the site.

"There is a huge demand in Jersey for housing. Certainly the view expressed from a variety of ministers is that this is a very good site which will assist in the demand for housing and also assists the regeneration of this part of town."

During the past two years Jersey Property Holdings has worked closely with the parish of St Helier to find a new home for the Centre Point Trust.

It has now been agreed the charity will move to the refurbished former La Pouquelaye School buildings.

Deputy Le Fondre said: "This is an excellent example of the States working with the parish and a number of organisations to find a solution which makes better use of a publicly owned property.

"As a result valuable land has been released for urgently needed housing in St Helier.

Old Jersey College for Girls building
The school was founded in 1880 as Jersey Ladies College

"Property moves of this nature are clearly sensitive for all parties and for this reason we have not been able to release information on JCG until now."

The States hopes a property agent will be appointed soon, and expressions of interest will then be sought from developers after Easter.

There are a number of options for developing the rear of the site.

David Flowers, the director of Jersey Property Holdings, said: "The rear section increases the total development area of the site by more than 60% to 3.4 acres and as such offers one of the largest regeneration opportunities in this part of St Helier.

"This project will safeguard and restore an historic building that would otherwise have continued to deteriorate without investment."

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