Objections to bank conversion

By by Jackie Turley jackie.turley@iomtoday.co.im Twitter: @iomJackie in Planning

Onchan Commissioners has objected to plans to convert the former Isle of Man Bank branch in Main Road, Onchan.

Gold Properties submitted an application (16/01372/B) in December to convert the site into a restaurant with commercial units and four flats with either one or two bedrooms.

Onchan Commissioners has recommended the plan for refusal, saying: ’The proposals do not provide sufficient parking provisions for users or deliveries.

’The commissioners also note that the submission makes no reference to extractors for the restaurant and could see such fixtures as causing nuisance to neighbours.’

Commissioner James Cherry was the only member to vote against the motion.

He has submitted his support for the application to planners, saying that refusing the application on parking issues would send out a ’bad message out to other potential developers’.

The Friends of Onchan’s Heritage has also commented on the application.

In their submission, they stated: ’Whilst the Isle of Man Bank building cannot be described as an architectural masterpiece, it is, however, an iconic building, typical of its period and a focal point in the centre of the village.’

It describes the proposals as a classic case of architectural dyslexia.

Royal Buildings said there was either ’an under provision of parking or the proposed development is over-intensive’.

It also submitted that the proposals ’fall short...of addressing the environmental impact from the restaurant’.

In the planning application, it shows that the former bank and service areas would become a restaurant with areas for the kitchen, staff, storage and toilets.

The first floor would be converted from one flat into two.

In addition, infill developments are proposed on both sides, creating commercial space and two further flats.

The design of the infill elements are described in the planning application as ’contrasting’, with glazed facades and flat roofs.

The proposal includes six parking spaces, accessed off the lane to the rear. It has been suggested the spaces are marked as ’private’ to allow flexible use for the flat occupants and commercial operators.

The bank branch closed its doors to customers in February 2015.

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Leon · 189 days ago · Report

What do the commissioners want to see then, a derelict building in the middle of Onchan for years to come? Get real.

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