Plans for a luxury home and equestrian centre have been approved in principle.
Mark Quirk has applied for planning consent (13/00918/A) to build an eight bedroom house at Springwaters off the Ballamodha Straight in Malew which will include an indoor leisure wing and garaging for 16 classic cars.
A large purpose built equestrian centre is also proposed with stabling and fenced pastures for 12 horses and which will be private and for the sole use of the applicant’s family and friends.
In the application, agent Mark Savage of Savage and Chadwick Architects explained the applicant was planning to return to the Isle of Man with his family and relocate a significant portion of his business, which is conducted on a global scale.
He had viewed various alternative sites in considering his move back to the island, including in Maughold, St Jude’s, Sandygate, Grenaby, Earystane and Scollag Road, Onchan, but in many cases the land was too small to accommodate an equestrian centre which requires a minimum of 20 acres.
The application site at Springwaters is 46 acres which is mainly scrub and not good farming land.
Mr Savage explained to planners that the site has beautiful views to the south and east but with no significant settlements nearby it is only visible from the B30 Bayrruyr Road.
Two of the buildings currently on the site will be demolished to make way for the development while the third, Close Clarke, is to be converted into staff accommodation.
The completed development at Springwaters will employ eight people – two/three stable hands, two housekeepers, two landscape gardeners and one general maintenance person.
Mr Savage urged planners to consider the wider economic benefits the application would bring to the island.
He said: ‘This application will provide both short and longer term economic benefits to the Isle of Man, a quality private equestrian facility, considerable land improvement, and yet will have very little visual impact and no environmental harm.
‘The construction value of this proposal is significant and will generate considerable work for the island’s construction industry in the short term and create jobs in the longer term.
‘The planning department and committee are urged to consider the wider benefits to the Isle of Man that an approval of this application would bring.’
The applicant has been in talks with the Department of Economic Development over his proposals.
The planning committee approved the plans in principle with a series of conditions that have to be met before any development can begin.
Detailed planning consent will still be required for the siting, design and internal layout of the buildings together with access and landscaping.
Eastward-facing elevations of the proposed buildings have to be finished in stone. The equestrian centre must remain a private facility that cannot be used by the public or for commercial purposes.
Development has to begin within four years of the planning permission in principle being granted – or within two years from the date of final approval, whichever is the later.