Fewer residential apartments to be included
Developers wishing to transform a derelict site in the South of the Island have modified their plans.
Delgatie Limited was first granted planning permission in principle in November 2019 to redevelop the former Marine Biological Station in Port Erin.
Following meetings with and reports by government officers, the number of residential flats planned for the site has been reduced from 69 to 58.
The project’s colour palette has been made lighter and glazing has been improved.
Plans unchanged include 14 self-catering tourist apartments, an exhibition space, around 160 parking spaces and a pub/restaurant.
The planning officer says new culinary facilities will complement existing locations in the area such as Foraging Vintners.
The developers say their approach will involve low heat loss, LED lighting and Air Source Heat Pump systems.
They say provision is being made for electric vehicle charging points, and cycle storage will be included.
There aren't any plans to include a play area at the site.
Developers say it’s probable not many children are likely to live there and the nearby beach is probably ‘more of a draw’.
Delgatie Limited has instead offered make a £20,000 contribution to Port Erin Commissioners to improve a local play area.