Ramsey residents have until the end of the week to have their say on Sulby Riverside development

Ramsey residents yet to have their say on the proposed £40m Sulby Riverside development have until the end of the week to do so.

The on-line questionnaire and feedback form on the development’s web site will stop taking residents’ views at 5pm on Friday to enable the developers and their architects to analyse the data and incorporate any feasible changes suggested by the public.

“We’ve had lots of engagement and positivity,” says scheme masterplanner Richard Coutts of Baca Architects.  

“We need time to sift through all the responses and identify from the many great suggestions put forward which ones are workable. These views will be discussed with our wider team of ecologists, transport and planning consultants which will hopefully then be incorporated to enrich the final design.” 

The development’s web site, at sulbyriverside.im, provides a more detailed understanding of the design and environmental principles guiding the development on Poyll Dooey Road, says Mr Coutts.

“I urge people who haven’t yet found time to assess our proposals to do so.  We believe they will add considerably to housing choice, provide new work and leisure spaces and, through the scheme’s new spine road, help knit the town centre more effectively with the new western communities around Gardener’s Lane.”

If granted permission, the Sulby Riverside development will boost the western entrance to Ramsey town centre by providing new retail opportunities, workspaces, 207 homes, three public parks and a riverside gastro-pub with function rooms.

All the homes are designed to use the latest in energy-efficient methods and the landscape proposals include ‘considerable investment’ in enhancing the site’s bio-diversity.  

The proposals, worth £40m when developed, will help to sustain employment in the local building supply chain and generate hundreds of thousands of pounds per year in new rateable income available to invest in public services, say the scheme’s promoters. Local retailers and tradesmen will benefit from the additional spending power that new developments typically generate as new residents ‘make their house a home’. Research suggests this averages approximately £5,000 per household.

The site at www.sulbyriverside.im will remain open after Friday, but without the feedback forms and questionnaire.