Nine buildings planned on site of former Grand Island Hotel

The site of the former Grand Island Hotel, Ramsey, pictured by Isle of Man Newspapers in October last year

The site of the former Grand Island Hotel, Ramsey, pictured by Isle of Man Newspapers in October last year

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A new planning application in respect of the site of the former Grand Island Hotel, Bride Road, has been submitted.

Ramsey Commissioners objected to an earlier application on grounds that the quality of the design did not match the requirements of such a landmark site.

The developer, Shearwater Ltd. said it had addressed the criticisms and had produced a new scheme for nine individual dwellings, instead of the original 11, with associated landscaping and access.

The layout now includes two large ‘flagship’ properties facing the promenade and a mixture of smaller properties within the main body of the site, all of an extremely high standard.

‘The proposed dwellings complement one another and when viewed in context of the landscaping, open space, boundary treatment and gateway entrance feature result in an exceptional, exclusive and landmark development for this important and prominent site’, said the applicant.

The scheme was favourably received by the commissioners, who raised no objections and hoped it would go ahead soon.

Local commissioners do not accept or reject planing applications in the Isle of Man.

That’s up to the government’s planning department.

But they can submit their views to the planning authorities.

The Grand Island Hotel closed on February 9, 2009, with the loss of 18 jobs as well as an important venue for functions.

Shearwater Ltd originally planned to demolish the complex and replace it with 68 flats. But it later dropped those plans.

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