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Consultation on Lower Douglas Master Plan - Draft Interim Planning Guidance for Key Town Centre Sites in Douglas 8 May 2012

The Department of Infrastructure has launched a 6 week consultation on draft interim planning guidance for developers and the public alike on our vision for Lower Douglas - the key gateway area to the Island and Douglas.

Once feedback has been received, the interim guidance may be revised as appropriate and used as informal planning guidance for the area, ahead of it being incorporated into the preparation of the Area Plan for the East.

Over the next few years the Centre of Douglas has the potential to be radically transformed through a number of major initiatives centered upon the Douglas Town Centre Regeneration activity and the refurbishment of the Promenade. The development opportunities identified in Lower Douglas will play a key complementary role in helping to deliver this transformation, whilst complementing other uses in adjoining areas such as the financial / Government quarter centered on Athol Street, Victoria Street and Prospect Hill; the retail quarter based on Strand, Duke and Castle Streets and the cultural quarter based around Victoria Street, the Promenade and the Villa Marina / Gaiety Theatre complex.

In launching the consultation, David Cretney MHK, Minister for Infrastructure said:

“There are many exciting development proposals and opportunities emerging for this part of Douglas. Hopefully this interim planning guidance will help to encourage developers and investors to implement their ideas in the near future.”

Howard Quayle, MHK, Departmental Member for planning added:

“This is yet another example of the Department’s Planning & Building Control Division proactively trying to encourage high quality development in a key gateway location of the Isle of Man, which will provide a boost to the Manx economy.”

This consultation begins on 8th May 2012, lasting for 6 weeks and will close on 19th June 2012. Copies of the draft interim guidance can be downloaded at: http://www.gov.im/transport/consultations.gov?menuid=16916&type=current

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