An application to remove Castletown’s landmark building Lorne House from the protected buildings register has been made by owner Roy Tilleard.
Although Mr Tilleard has no problem with the house itself being registered, he objects to the registration including all the land.
The application, made by Cornerstone Architects on behalf of Mr Tilleard, states: ‘There is significant concern that the registration proposes to include the kitchen garden and the field adjacent to the property.’
An archaeological exploration of the field was issued to Manx National Heritage (MNH), which confirmed ‘that they have no ínterest in the property’.
As a consequence, the registration of the fields and kitchen garden ‘are STRONGLY objected to by the owner’.
Last week, the town’s commissioners agreed the house should be registered.
Commissioners’ chairman Alwyn Collister asked: ‘Are we in favour of some of the land [being used] for future development? There are seven acres, that’s quite a big area. We are looking for sites [to develop for housing] at the moment.’ Andrew Thomas said: ‘Normally with a house of this historic value the gardens would be preserved.’ David Parnell said: ‘There are people better placed in government to make a decision on that.’
The authority agreed to make no comment at this stage.