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Onchan bank plans opposed

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Commissioners reject proposals

Onchan Commissioners have rejected plans to redevelop a former bank in the village.

The proposals, lodged by local firm Gold Properties Ltd, sought to transform the Isle of Man Bank branch on Main Road into a restaurant, commercial units and four flats.

But the authority's board last night overwhelmingly opposed the development - citing concerns over parking and the surrounding environment.

The final decision now rests with DEFA's planning committee.

Commissioner James Cherry expressed his disappointment with the vote, maintaining a refurbished building could be 'a great asset to the village'.

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