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Government to sell building plots in Jurby 12 March 2007

The Department of Local Government (Estates and Housing Directorate) has published details of its plans to develop Government owned land in Jurby with up to 103 dwellings over the next few years.

The proposed development will offer serviced plots for self-builders, plots with approved plans for small contractor-developer companies, plots for “eco-housing”, a small number of first time buyer dwellings, and a large area for the development of up to 67 dwellings by a commercial housing developer.

Details of the initial plots released for self builders and small contractor-developers have now been published in an Information Pack available from the Estates and Housing Directorate. The pack contains a brochure, plans for the plots, a design guide, details of costs and application forms.

The proposals have been brought forward in line with the recommendations of a report received by Tynwald in 2003 which set out a range of measures to be implemented to enable Jurby Village to grow in a sustainable way.

The housing development proposals form part of comprehensive plans for Jurby over the next few years which will seek to maximise the use of Government owned land in the area to provide new homes and improved opportunities for existing and new businesses to develop in the area. The construction of the new prison due to come into service in 2008 has also been a stimulus for new development.

Works which are already underway or being planned include:

-refurbishment of homes in the Bretney Estate (ongoing)
-external and environmental works to the Threshold Estate (due to commence later this year)
-upgrading of electricity and water services in the area (currently underway)
-major improvements to existing buildings and infrastructure in Jurby Industrial Estate (currently underway)
-new industrial units for small businesses (starting on site shortly)

Following a public exhibition in October 06, the Department received positive endorsement for its proposals from local people, Jurby Parish Commissioners and political members. It believes the high cost of land and housing in other parts of the Island will make Jurby an attractive option for local people and residents from other parts of the Island who want to build their own home at a realistic cost.

The Department will be encouraging interested parties to think “sustainably” in the way they design and construct their new homes and will encourage potential home owners to use local companies in Jurby which offer a range of products and services related to house building.

MHK Mr Juan Watterson, the political member overseeing the work of the Estates and Housing Directorate said:

“Jurby has a proud past as a place where during world war 2 a community of young men and women worked together to defend our freedom and secure the future. The Department’s plans to create plots for self builders and small contractor developers will create an environment where a new generation of men and women can also create a future for themselves and their families through their own efforts. The Department will do all it can to encourage and support those who want to take up these opportunities.”

Information packs are available by contacting:

Customer Service Team Estates and Housing Directorate, Dept. of Local Government and the Environment Murray House, Douglas, Isle of Man. IM1 2SF

Tel. 01624 685955

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