Former garage could be transformed into 74 flats

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Heritage Homes Ltd has applied to transform the former Athol Garage in Peel Road, Douglas, into 74 flats.

The developer has applied to develop the site – comprising vacant buildings, parking areas that are occasionally used to display vehicles for sale, and undeveloped land – next to the former Wool Control Centre.

Approval in principle was granted in December 2011 to Dandara Commercial Ltd to redevelop the site for residential purposes (11/000724/A) or offices (11/00723/A).

One of the conditions of the approval in principle, was the application for approval of the reserved matters should be made within two years.

In the application, it shows that Heritage Homes Limited, whose interest in the site is as ‘potential developer’ has applied for 40 one-bedroom and two 34 two-bedroom flats, to be contained in two buildings.

The applicant states: ‘The proposed scheme would represent a significant improvement over the existing building in visual terms.’

One parking space would be provided for each flat – 34 under the standard set out in the Isle of Man Strategic Plan.

It says the standard has been relaxed in other similar developments in the capital.

A transport assessment carried out by Bryan Hall concludes that traffic generated by the proposed development could be safely accommodated on Peel Road and its junction with Circular Road.

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