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'Development is fine - but not like this'

Braddan Commissioners respond to Area Plan

Local government members in Braddan are opposed to what they see as misguided efforts by government to zone land for development.

Chairman of the commissioners, Andrew Jessop, says the Cabinet Office produced calculations on housing need in the Draft Eastern Area Plan, and Braddan shouldn’t have to suffer as a result.

The local authority has submitted and made public its response to the Cabinet Office planners, after hiring a consultant to prepare the comments.

The document makes a number of objections to the greenfield development and coalescence of settlements outlined in the local plan.

Mr Jessop wants to see government turn its attention to rejuvenating brownfield sites, and should look to create jobs outside of the capital:

‘Everyone’s commuting to Douglas because there’s not enough employment elsewhere. The Eastern Area Plan does not address that, it’s not a sustainable plan, and it’s all about centralisation’.

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