Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 09-10-2018

Plans to build new homes near Scarlett put forward

by TH

Plans to build new homes near Scarlett put forward

Almost 50 new homes could be built on the Knock Rushen site in Castletown.  

Hartford Homes has put forward an application to build 48 new builds – 12 of which would be affordable homes.  

It says the proposal is designed to provide a ‘natural extension to Castletown’ which is within easy walking distance of the town centre and secondary school.  

Director James Greenhalgh saysCastletown is an historic place and the site will extend its visible build coastline by less than 1 per cent 

The proposed development is just minutes’ walk away from the town centre and as a result is a very sustainable location for walking and cycling be it to the shops, centre, school, or on to the coastal footpath network.  

In keeping with the green credentials this is set to be Hartford’s first development where electric car charging points will be provided as standard to the homes” 

Hartford Homes held a public consultation in April of this year which attracted approximately 80 people.  

Director Norman Greenhalgh, said: The key takeaways from the public consultation was that whilst there was significant support for additional housing and most people thought the site was suitable, there was clear concern from those residents living close to the site about loss of views and increased traffic.  

As a long-standing family run local developer, Hartford have established a reputation for high quality sensitive design and we have worked hard to design a scheme that is as sympathetic as possible with its environment to minimise any impacts and wherever possible provide enhancements.” 

The site itself could have supported more homes, but Hartford says it has opted to reduce numbers and density in comparison to the original Knock Rushen development and also to include approximately one acre of open space buffering providing separation from the coast and original development, whilst maintaining an outward facing development. 

Hartford has also offered to improve the condition of the nearby footpath to Scarlett by filling in some of the pot holes. 

Hartford has also committed to an immediate start if the planning application is successful 

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