Appeal for Victorian style block

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Planning should encourage developers to build a Victorian-style sea front design in a Heritage Homes plan (14/00893/B) for a block of 34 flats on Port Erin Promenade, Rushen MHK Juan Watterson has said.

In a letter to planners he wrote the Victorian style was ‘being rather badly contrasted with modern, Mediterranean style build’. If planning did not ‘care or were concerned’, then who would ‘protect’ the village from looking like ‘an acne ridden face’ he asked.

The plan was backed by the local authority on August 5.

Clerk Jason Roberts explained the development would include 45 underground car parking spaces with further spaces outside.

Nick Watterson said there is an ‘unsatisfactory amount of parking’ he asked where would the overspill cars park.

Mr Roberts said: ‘It will be on street’. He said a disc zone could be introduced.

He added the size of the development meant a quarter of it should be affordable or social care housing. Mr Watterson said the developer could pay the government to avoid affordable housing being part of the development.

Martin Norbury proposed they support the plan and he was seconded by Steve George.

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