“Planning consent has been approved for the redevelopment of Douglas promenades.
The Department of Infrastructure only submitted its planning application for the reconstruction of Loch and Harris Promenades (18/00003/B) in January.
And now it’s been approved by the planning department, allowing work to begin on the £20m scheme as planned in September.
It is expected to take three years to complete.
The project features a new design for the southern section of the promenade to improve traffic flow, junctions and footpaths.
Planning approval covers the reconstruction and repositioning of highways and footways on Loch and Harris Promenades, including associated street furniture and the upgrading and refurbishment of all drainage and services.
Works also include the replacement of the horse tramway double track with single track in a zone on the seaward side of the new highway alignment.
Backed by Tynwald in the summer, the scheme also includes the creation of a cultural area around the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre.
The northern end of the promenades, from Broadway, will be developed on a like-for-like basis, with the horse tram line retained as a double track in its current position in the middle of the road.”