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Range of ideas for former RAF camp at Jurby

Friday, 17 November 2017

A broad range of ideas has been suggested for the potential redevelopment of the former Royal Air Force camp at Jurby.

The Department of Infrastructure says it is encouraged by the level of interest shown in the 24.96-acre site.

Submissions are currently being assessed by the Public Estates and Housing Division and a report will be presented to the Department’s political members for further consideration.

The development opportunity was advertised during the summer and the Department said it was keen to hear a variety of proposals, from large-scale schemes to smaller construction projects and self-build plots.

Developers and members of the public responded with wide-ranging suggestions including the creation of new homes, business premises, sports, leisure and recreational facilities, craft and artisan workshops and new premises for start-up businesses.

There was a high-level of engagement among local residents, with submissions arising from two community meetings held in late July.

Julie Edge MHK, Department Member with responsibility for the Public Estates and Housing Division, said:

‘The Department wanted to test the water to see if there was any interest in developing the Jurby camp. We also asked residents and businesses for their views about possible future uses for the site. The response has been excellent and we will take this feedback into account as we consider our next steps.’

She added:

‘We believe this site offers great scope for the local community and Island businesses. The amount of land available will potentially allow a scheme to be progressed that comprises many different elements. While any proposals would require planning approval, the development of the RAF camp could support the economy, provide jobs and act a catalyst for the further regeneration of the north of the Island.’

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