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Daily’s former office could be bulldozed in £12m development plan

A regional daily’s former headquarters could be demolished to create a new commercial and industrial trade park.

Plans have been submitted to demolish the existing buildings at Five Oaks, the previous home of the Jersey Evening Post, as part of a £12m development.

Property firm Le Gallais, which bought the site last year, has lodged a planning application which includes the building of a Co-op Locale store.

Le Gallais itself would construct a new storage unit, while four light industrial units and offices would also be built.

An artist's impression of the development

An artist’s impression of the development

The development would also include one of the largest solar installations in the Channel Islands which would be capable of generating enough electricity to power at least 15 homes.

Tim Le Gallais, managing director of Le Gallais, told the JEP: “This is a significant development for our business and one we believe will bring rewards for the local community at Five Oaks, for small businesses needing quality modern facilities and for those who need short or long-term storage space.

“We have considerable experience of developing mixed-use sites in the UK but this project will be a first for Jersey.

“The project team has worked tirelessly to come up with a scheme that we can be proud of, and that will transform this redundant commercial site.

“I am delighted that another Channel Island business with a long local history has come on board the project.

“The Channel Islands Co-op has a warm place in Islanders’ hearts, giving back to the community it serves and that is very much in line with our own business mission.”

The JEP is now based at a site in Bath Street, St Helier.