Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man's Bride village development approved

Plans for a housing development at a beauty spot in the north of the Isle of Man have been given provisional approval by an independent inspector.

The plans for up to 27 new houses in Bride village were the subject of a public inquiry and discussed on 22 September at Ramsey town hall.

A one-day inquiry, by the Chief Secretary's Office, was also held.

It was recommended that the housing development in Bride be approved, subject to some amendments.

The report identified the need for additional housing in the Isle of Man and stated that at least 75% of the new homes would be "affordable" which means they would be sold for a maximum of £150,000.

But it recommended the development should be restricted to no more than 24 homes.

It also stated that, while it was not a planning matter, the stability of Bride chapel would need to be considered during building, and the development should be of traditional Manx design in keeping with the surrounding village.

The government said infrastructure minister David Cretney was now considering whether and how to proceed, and that further details would be announced later.

The parish of Bride includes an area of about nine sq miles (23 sq km) and is situated on the northern most tip of the Isle of Man.

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