Housing estate gets green light

This is the land opposite Springfield Terrace, in Foxdale, where homes can be built

This is the land opposite Springfield Terrace, in Foxdale, where homes can be built

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Plans have been approved for a housing estate in Foxdale.

Yorkfields Limited, of Harrogate, has been given approval in principle for a residential development with new access from the A24 on land opposite Springfield Terrace.

The original proposal was for 47 homes but following concerns about a lack of details on the size, height and finish of the homes it was decided to apply for approval in principle. These details need approval before work starts.

Patrick Commissioners objected saying part of the site was not designated for development, and considered the maximum number of homes for the west had already been reached. Manx National Heritage said it would ‘contribute to visually eradicating the remains of mining’ in this part of the island.

It recommended the applicant survey and photograph/record the industrial remains surrounding Pott’s Shaft.

The planning officer’s report states: ‘The industrial heritage of the area is interesting and unique to the island and while the development of the site and land to the east and north east will visually improve the appearance and character of the whole area, it will result in the potential loss of visual reminders of the history and evolution of the village.

‘As such a project to interpret this and to provide information for the public would be commendable, although not specifically related to this particular site.’

It states development will not be permitted until the Louisa Mine site has been reclaimed and restored to a ‘safe and attractive manner’.

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