Appeal against decision to turn down Callow’s yard plans

Callow's Yard, Castletown

Callow's Yard, Castletown

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Cornerstone Architects has lodged an appeal against the decision to turn down the latest plan for Callow’s Yard in Castletown.

The plan (14/00338/B) is for alterations to convert from retail to residential use properties on Arbory Street and Fusion Bar, retaining retail on the ground floor in all bar one property in the town centre development.

Planners turned it down because more residential units would increase the need for parking and have an ‘adverse impact’ on the town centre; the number of single bed units would be ‘over intensive’ and ‘alter adversely the sense of community’. Also, changing 8 Arbory Street from retail to residential use would ‘dilute the commercial appearance of the street’ and ‘establish an unfortunate precedent for further shop fronts to be replaced with domestic frontages to the detriment of the streetscape’.

The architectural practice, which submitted the application, appealed against the reasons for refusing the plan.

They requested their appeal be considered through written submission but planning has yet to decide - particularly given the level of public interest in what happens at the failed town centre development – if it should be made at an appeal hearing.

Concerns over a series of plans to convert Callow’s Yard from retail to residential use has sparked two public meetings in town and the formation of a residents’ and traders’ association.

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