Planning applications have been made for major housing developments in Jurby and Port Erin.

The first was made by the DOI (20/01516/B) for the erection of 21 dwellings with associated parking, landscaping, and amenities at the former site of a Second World War military camp in Jurby - now known as the Bretney Infill housing development site.

The application includes 18 new one-, one-and- a-half-, and two-storey rural style homes, as well as two-bedroom public sector bungalows.

There would also be land allocated for community use (such as allotments), and a community hub, to be built on the land which formerly accommodated the sergeants’ mess facilities.

The housing development is being proposed for an existing open space to the north of the A14 Ballamenagh Road, which was formerly a military accommodation complex attached to the historic RAF Jurby station.

It forms part of the three-year Jurby village development initiative originally launched in 2019 to ’inject fresh life’ into Jurby.

There will also be access via a new road junction to the Bretney Road, new walking and cycling routes, and parking for 23 vehicles on the site’s former military parade ground.

The DoI’s application lists a main objective as being to ’provide a small number of units to give a choice of housing for residents in Jurby and attract new residents, as agreed by Tynwald in 2002, and proposed by the Jurby Community to DoI Public Estates & Housing in 2017.’

In Port Erin, an application was made (20/01499/B) by Forest Homes Ltd for six detatched dwellings at Rowany Drive, which will include new build dormer bungalows.

Planning approval for two dwellings in the area was granted in 2015, but not implemented due to the ’lack of economic viability’ as opposed to this new scheme.