Jersey hotel to be demolished

Plans to demolish a long-established hotel in St Mary and build homes have been approved by the island's planning department.

The owners of the West View Hotel on La Grande say they are pulling out because of the difficult economic climate.

A report to planners says its owners have put their heart and soul into the business but now wish to retire.

The hotel and swimming pool will be replaced with four four-bedroom and one five-bedroom houses.

The West View used to be a farm but was transformed into a hotel 40 years ago.

The report says the hotel is reaching an age when only substantial refurbishment will bring it up to modern standards.

The developers say they are also planning to work with St Mary's School to provide some public art as part of the project.

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