Progress appears to have been made on plans to redevelop the Summerland site.
Infrastructure Minister David Cretney revealed in Tynwald that a developer had been found and government departments were working with the Attorney General’s chambers to secure heads of terms for a future redevelopment.
This could be concluded within a matter of weeks and if agreement was reached, the developer would submit a planning application for the whole site.
Details of the developer, and indeed the proposed development, remain confidential while the heads of terms are being negotiated, Mr Cretney told the Examiner. But he ruled out possible leisure use for the site - a strong hint that residential development was proposed.
This will come as a blow to those who have signed a petition calling for the Summerland site to be turned into commemorative gardens rather than sold off for development.
In a written reply to a Tynwald question from Bill Henderson (Douglas North), Mr Cretney revealed: ‘At the current time, the department is working on behalf of the site owners (the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure) to secure detailed heads of terms for the future redevelopment of the site.
‘Assuming the detailed terms can be agreed, it’s the intention the developer will bring forward a planning application for development of the whole site. Members will appreciate development agreements of this nature are often complex and subject to market conditions, but working together with the Attorney General’s Chambers, I am advised it’s likely initial terms will be concluded within a matter of weeks.’