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Housing Proposals on view for the Jurby Army Camp 13 October 2006

The Department of Local Government and the Environment is exhibiting proposals for how it hopes to develop Government-owned land in Jurby for new housing in the Village Hall from the 18th to the 20th October.

The proposals take forward the recommendations of a report received by Tynwald in 2003 which outlined the Department’s vision for Jurby to become a “Sustainable Village”. This latest phase of work could ultimately lead to the provision of over 100 new homes with new community facilities and infrastructure.

Treasury concurrence has been received to enable the Department to exhibit proposals which would being the transformation of 20 acres of ex-Ministry of Defence land. New roads to service self-build plots and developer-built houses would be constructed together with the provision of open space and landscaping.

Director of Estates and Housing Richard Senior said,

“The Department hopes to attract the interest of a larger private developer to take forward an initial phase of semi-detached and detached dwellings for sale as designed by Douglas Architects, McGarrigle Jackson. It is the Department’s hope that further phases could be built as interest in Jurby increases”.

The Master Plan has been developed with the support of Jurby Parish Commissioners and future phases of development could include plots for low-energy housing and future community facilities.

The Department will also construct four bungalows for older public sector tenants to complement the existing rented housing in Jurby. Minister for Department of Local Government and the Environment, John Rimington, MHK, commented that his Department was already in the process of investing in the regeneration of the Jurby Industrial Estate, new industrial starter units and major improvements to public sector housing in the Bretney and Threshold Estates. He welcomed this latest initiative for private housing stating,

“I hope that the availability of land for private housing development will be of interest not only to local people but also to people who will be employed in the new Prison and the staff of potential employers, who will come to take advantage of the investment in the industrial estate and new starter industrial units”.

Anne Craine, MHK, Member of the Department with responsibility for Estates and Housing said she fully endorsed the plans and added,

“I hope people will support the proposals which offer great opportunities for local people and potential new residents and will help to transform Jurby’s wartime legacy into a village with a great future”.

The Department’s proposals will be on show to the public in the Jurby Village Hall from 18th-20th October between 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. Department staff will be available to explain the proposals on the Wednesday evening and residents will be encouraged to complete questionnaires with their views and suggestions. Subject to feedback, a planning application for the new dwellings and plots will be submitted by the Department before the end of the year.

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