Public consultations are being held for two major Hartford Homes developments - the first to significantly expand Eden Business Park in Braddan, and the second to build up to 350 homes off Braddan Road.

The meeting at Cycle 360 from 4-8pm tomorrow (October 20) is being held before the Eden Park planning application is compiled.

It is for nine hectares (22 acres) of land southwest of Cooil Road, next to Jacksons car dealership and Riley’s Garden Centre.

This area was zoned for industrial and business park use in the recently published government Area Plan for the East.

Expected to occupy the site are offices, general industrial/storage units, and light storage units.

The adjacent patch of orchids would be ’protected and enhanced’ in accordance with Manx Wildlife Trust recommendations, the developers say.

Eden Business Park is stipulating that the development must support sustainable and active travel, and result in no net loss of biodiversity.

An environmental impact assessment must also take place if the proposals go ahead, say the developers.

People can also submit comments online at: before November 11.

Around 20 businesses occupy the first two phases of Eden Business Park, which brands itself as working ’with nature and not against it to create an environment the island can be proud of and the wider public can benefit from’.

Many of the business premises in Eden Business Park were built by Hartford Homes.

In the second public consultation, people are being asked for their views on a potential development of up to 350 homes that Hartford Homes is looking to build on land just off Braddan Road (south of Kirk Braddan cemetery).

One of the fields is used as a TT campsite.

The consultation will be on Thursday (October 21) from 4-8pm at Douglas Rugby Club - which is situated adjacent to the large expanse of land where the development is proposed for.

The homes would range from two bedroom to five bedroom, and include some bungalows.

Twenty-five percent of them would be affordable homes, and Hartford Homes says they will be of an energy efficient build and ’high-quality design’.

The developer said the land was selected because it was zoned in the Area Plan for predominantly residential use and it is of ’limited environmental value compared to alternative sites’.

There would be little impact on registered trees and any losses would be mitigated by replacement planting.

Access would be from Braddan Road, with Hardford Homes also seeking to have the opportunity to build a second access from Ballafletcher Road.

This consultation is also online at: