A planning application has been submitted for the development of 109 new residential flats in Douglas.

Submitted by Dandara Homes Limited, the plan would see the apartments built on the land adjacent to the Quay West. The land is currently being used as a car park opposite the Tesco store in the area.

In its application, the company says it plans to connect the flats to Lake Road, alongside a riverside pedestrian and cycle path.

The application adds that a site further along the river could also form part of the overall development in the future.

In the ‘site and construction environmental management plan’, it reads: ‘The site is situated on previously developed land between Lake Road and the River Douglas, and immediately to the west of the existing Quay West development.

‘The site lies on the southern side of Douglas, with the railway station, bus depot and Tesco store to the north. The Old Castletown Road and the dwellings which front onto it are across the river to the south.’

The planning statement for the flats also states that the development will bring ‘environmental, economic and social benefits’ to the island.

‘It will provide new housing for which there is a current need, and as well as providing “first-time buyer” dwellings on site, it will generate a financial contribution towards affordable housing need on the island,’ the planning statement reads.

‘It will also efficiently use previously developed land, which is adjacent to the town centre, replacing temporary car parking with well designed and modern buildings.

‘Finally, when assessed in the context of the Department’s “supplementary planning guidance on economic issues”, the development as proposed will contribute positively to the delivery of the approved Isle of Man Economic Strategy.’

The 109 apartments will consist of 49 one-bed units and 60 two-bed units, while six of the apartments will be for ‘first time buyers’.