Plans for new golf links hotel ‘move in right direction’

Castletown Golf Links Hotel

Castletown Golf Links Hotel

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Proposals have emerged to demolish the iconic Castletown Golf Links Hotel and replace it with a new hotel and serviced apartments.

Malew and Santon MHK Graham Cregeen, who says he has seen draft proposals by developer Dandara, says he believes a hotel on the site would be very successful.

The move comes just weeks after the high court quashed a planning condition, paving the way for Dandara to build apartments on the site.

It is understood the new proposals involve demolition of the derelict hotel and the construction of a new 40 to 50-bed hotel, together with serviced and residential apartments.

Derbyhaven residents are being invited to attend a meeting chaired by Mr Cregeen next month when the developer will outlines its plans.

The Malew MHK had tabled a motion in last week’s Tynwald sitting calling for a partial review of the Southern Area Plan in relation to Langness and Derbyhaven area.

But he withdrew the motion after he was contacted by Dandara over their draft proposals. He said: ‘I hope we can come to some agreement on the way forward. I really do believe a hotel there will be very successful.’

Tim Cullen, of the Derbyhaven Residents’ Society, said ‘We will go into meeting with an open mind. We hope the ideas will be appealing to us and there will be consensus on the way forward.

‘It’s an important move in the right direction to hear that the idea of a hotel is being mooted. It’s something that would benefit the entire community and visitors. It’s very early days and we would encourage all residents in Derbyhaven to come along. We would welcome the idea of serviced apartments. But we remain very much opposed to apartments per se and we believe there should be an absolute prohibition on any further residential development on the Langness peninsula.’

Fort Island Developments, in which Heritage Homes owns a 50 per cent stake, purchased the Golf Links Hotel in 2012 for £2.5 million. The landmark hotel had been closed since 2007. The developer last month won its high court bid to quash landscape proposal LP21 in the Southern Area Plan that prevented new or replacement buildings on Langness except for use linked to the golf course or hotel.

It’s likely the meeting will be held in Derbyhaven at the end of April.

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