Pegasus Group have been successful at Appeal for a new care home to be built on the Isle of Man on behalf of Spaldrick Care.
Proposals for the care home to be erected at Spaldrick House, Port Erin, were initially refused by the Isle of Man Government last October.
Spaldrick Care appealed against the decision, with Pegasus Group’s Jim Tarzey, Executive Director – Planning, instructed to appear as a planning witness, while Richard Cook, Pegasus Group Economics Associate, also provided economic evidence. Despite several objections from residents, the Inspector found in favour of scheme.
The existing three-storey building, in Bradda Road, which has become semi-derelict, will be demolished to make way for the residential care home which will have associated car parking, access, landscaping and highway alterations. The design includes three ‘Villa-style’ buildings linked to one another.
Pegasus Group successfully presented a strong case that addressed the key reasons for refusal such as the impact on character and appearance of the area and the prospect of harm to neighbouring properties.
Pegasus Group was able to respond to a request from the client and their architect to provide written evidence in a challenging two-week timescale, which is a somewhat compressed timeframe for preparing appeal evidence. It was also necessary to reflect the not-so-subtle differences between the Isle of Man’s unique planning system and that in the rest of the UK.
The case presented to the appeal was greatly enhanced by evidence provided by Richard Cook which enabled the Inspector to draw robust conclusions about the need for the development and the economic benefits that it would provide.
These were reflected in the Inspector’s conclusions, and the case represented a good example of how the economics team can add value to the evidence presented to planning applications and appeals.
The appeal was granted subject to conditions, including parking, highway safety, lighting, security and environmental amenities.
The proposals include 24 off-street car parking spaces on the northern side of the building, together with ‘drop-off’ and turning areas.
A sensory garden is also due to be created.