The plans of the marina are abused

Proposals to build a marina with accommodation and other amenities in Ramsey have been dealt a severe blow as the government excluded the site from its latest draft zoning plan.

The draft plan has been published and when completed will zone the west and north of the island, plans for the south and east have already been drawn up by Tynwald.

Site RM010, which was one of 35 additional sites proposed last year, consists of Ramsey’s South Beach and is slated for development by Ramsey Marina Limited, despite some local opposition.

The 14.62 hectare site has been suggested for a mixed-use development, with a “probable yield” of 368 houses.

In site-specific comments, the Cabinet Office has summarized the responses to the site, which continues over three pages.

Responses included those who supported the marina, saying it would free up space, that Douglas and Peel marinas are oversubscribed, that Ramsey and the North Island would benefit from the investment and how similar investments in the UK United have “transformed” their cities.

In contrast, respondents said they use the beach for leisure activities that contribute to their mental and physical health, that those who live in apartments nearby do not have a garden, so use the beach and argued that the site could have a negative impact on existing businesses and businesses.

Intertwined in the summary are arguments for and against development based on environmental grounds. Some said the proposed zoning would allow maintenance of harbors and the fishing, freight and shipbuilding industries.

On the other hand, other respondents noted that the North Beach was designated as an Area of ​​Special Scientific Interest in 2006, while storms have damaged this area, there are concerns about the impact that changes in the wave action could have on this site. Other concerns have highlighted the protected wildlife that nests or lives in the area.

Opponents of the proposed RM010 development have also pointed to the strategic plan, Environmental Policy 1, which states that “the countryside and its ecology will be protected for its own sake”.

Countryside is defined as land outside the defined colony boundaries, which is site RM010, or South Beach. The existing boundary as established by the local Ramsey plan of 1998, also documented in the new draft plan, shows the boundary to be the existing seawall.

It adds: “Development which would adversely affect the landscape will only be permitted if there is a compelling national need for land use planning which outweighs the requirement to protect these areas and for which there is no no reasonable and acceptable alternative.”

While the site has been left out of the plan at this stage, the site could come back and be included following the public consultation or public inquiry, which is due to take place next year.

Nor would it prevent RML from submitting a planning request while the plan is being viewed, or even after the plan has been approved by Tynwald, even if RM010 continues to be excluded. The consultation on the plans is now open and can be viewed on the government website

We’ll have a more in-depth and in-depth analysis of the area plan for the north and west in Thursday’s Manx Independent.

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