Your frequently-asked questions

Sulby Riverside Ltd wishes to invest in under-used, low-grade land on the edge of Ramsey town centre, creating new homes, workspaces, leisure facilities, public parks and a riverside walkway on an unused site closed to the public.

The site has a number of potential uses: new homes, new business premises and some leisure uses, including a new proposed gastro pub with rooms.  This is alongside substantial investment in public amenities, such as a riverside walkway, children’s play facilities and a new park.  All options are on the table whilst we consult with the planning authorities and with local people.    

The site has largely gone to seed and is inaccessible to local people.  The site’s borders have been well-maintained but it disrupts the flow of the town, putting a block between the town centre and its western communities.

Once discussions are concluded with all stakeholders a planning application in line with all relevant policies will be submitted for the site’s development.  The nature and scope of any final consented scheme will determine who may would be best placed to develop it out and we retain the option of delivering it ourselves using local builders or finding a suitable local partner to build-out the project.

We are working closely with local highways officers to design suitable means of ingress and egress to the site in line with current policies.

As a town centre site, the local road network is designed to cope with large volumes of traffic and the existing road network handles this satisfactorily.  Our expert consultants tell us the new scheme is still within the local road capacity.

We have a team of expert environmental consultants advising us and will submit a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment as part of our planning submission. This will address how any final proposals meet our statutory obligations.

Construction, particularly house-building, requires large amounts of skilled labour and utilises local supply chains for efficiency and speed.  Any development of the site can be expected to create jobs and supply opportunities for local companies and their workforces.  The ultimate choice of suppliers will lie with whomever develops out the consented scheme, of course.

The development will lead to an increase in the number of people living and/or working in Ramsey, creating income for local shops and service providers.  This additional spend can create new opportunities, too.  Research tells us that occupiers of new homes spend around £5,000 per house on ‘first occupation’ costs to make a house ‘feel like a home’ and a proportion of this can be expected to be spent locally.

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