Plan to transform The Deads site
JCK Ltd has applied to the government planning committee for remediation of The Deads site and to build a house there.
This brown field site is a former mine working area within Foxdale.
A number of government representatives have been consulted about the proposals and, following their explanation, Patrick and Malew commissioners have said they are in favour.
A Design and Access Statement included along with the planning application said The Deads ‘has been neglected over the years and been subjected to unauthorised use by recreational vehicles and motorcycles, which has created a scar on the landscape.
‘The proposals include the creation of a wildlife corridor and environmental clean up of the site together with improvement works to the existing streams and drainage.’
The proposals are for a single house and associated landscaping for a Mr and Mrs James Cubbon. The applicant JCK Ltd, of Balthane Industrial Estate, Ballasalla, is the potential purchaser of the site.
The Deads is identified with the Foxdale Local Plan as being an ‘area for reclamation, a site of interest for nature conservation’.
Consultants involved in the design process are BB Consulting, Chartered Civil and Structural Engineers, who carried out assessment of the site in terms of water pollution and mine spoil contamination/remediation proposals. Their involvement has also required design with the mining advisors and suggestions as to methods to cap the open mine shafts.
Barry Chinn Associates was engaged to carry out a full visual assessment of the proposed development.
Reports are included, along with the plan, relative to the contamination issue on the site.
Wide-ranging consultations took place with government department and statutory body representatives, such as the Department of Environment, Fisheries and Agriculture’s environmental protection manager, Dr Phil Syles; Manx National Heritage’s curator field archaeology, Andrew Johnson; Department of Economic Development’s development manager mines and minerals, construction and properties, Dave Roberts; and Manx Wildlife Trust director, Duncan Bridges. Glenfaba MHK David Anderson and Malew and Santon MHK Graham Cregreen were also consulted.
A decision on the plan is awaited from the planning authority.
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