Onchan Local Plan:
Conservation Areas and Registered Buildings
7.1 There is currently only one Conservation Area in Onchan and this is focused on Church Road with a frontage abutting the south side of Main Road and extending to straddle the junction of Main Road and Royal Avenue. The Conservation Area embraces the Onchan Wetlands as well as having within its curtilage three Registered Buildings - St. Peter's Church, St. Peter's Church Hall and Welch House all of which serve to underpin the special character of the area. Further areas of interest were identified in the 1989 Local Plan and centred on Avondale Road, School Road, Stoney Road with another centred on St. Catherine's Terrace, Queen's Road, Mount View Terrace and Victoria Avenue. There has been further consideration given to these areas, as well as discussions in this respect with the Onchan Commissioners and The Friends of Onchan's Heritage, however neither of these areas has been designated as a Conservation Area to date.
7.2 The Department of Local Government and the Environment has a duty to determine which areas of the Island are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance, under the provisions of the 1991 Town and Country Planning Act. The Department shall by order designate such areas as Conservation Areas. It is judged that the following areas are also worthy of consideration for Conservation Area status:
- an area centred around Port Jack, Royal Avenue and Royal Avenue West
- an area which focuses on the substantial period villas abutting Strathallan Road and
- an area embracing the Groudle Glen Hotel, Tram Station and adjacent buildings and the small water wheel/pump house in the Glen itself.
These areas all differ from one another, as well as being in contrast to the existing Conservation Area. It should be noted that the Onchan Commissioners would strongly support the study of the village with respect to the expansion of the existing or designation of a new Conservation Area.
7.3 There are a number of Registered Buildings within the study area:
Kate's Cottage, Mountain Road RB 117
St. Peter's Church Hall, Royal Avenue RB 118
St. Peter's Church, Church Road RB 119
St. Catherine's House, Avondale Road RB 121
Welch House, Church Road RB 122
Braeside, King Edward Road RB 123
Leafield, King Edward Road RB 124
17, 19, 21, 23, 25, Governor's Road RBs 125-129
inc. Woodlands Towers, Ashley Road RB 133
7.4 It should be noted that the Majestic Hotel, King Edward Road was placed on the Registered Buildings List (RB 175) but was subsequently de-registered in September, 1998. This decision was confirmed at Appeal by the Minister of the Department of Local Government and the Environment in March 1999.
7.5 Other buildings within the study area which have been suggested for consideration for Registration are as follows:
- Ballacreetch Farmhouse
- Ballakilmartin Farm
- Ballig Farm
- Chimney at Clucas' Laundry
- Entrance Gate to former Pinfold at Hillberry
- Glenville Farmhouse and associated cottages
- Government House
- Hague Farm House, Summerhill Road
- Isle of Man Bank building
- Manx Arms Hotel
- Molly Carrooin's Cottage
- Royal Buildings, junction of Main Road and Royal Avenue
- Strathallan Cliff, Strathallan Road
- Groudle Hotel
- Water Wheel in Groudle Glen.
7.6 It is considered that the following policies and proposals are applied to Onchan in respect of Conservation Areas and Registered Buildings:
7.7 WHERE DEVELOPMENT IS PROPOSED FOR ANY BUILDING WHICH IS IDENTIFIED AS WITHIN AN EXISTING OR PROPOSED CONSERVATION AREA OR WHERE THE BUILDING IS REGISTERED OR ON THE LIST OF BUILDNGS WHICH ARE CONSIDERED WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION FOR POSSIBLE REGISTRATION, SPECIAL ATTENTION WILL BE PAID TO THE DETAIL OF SUCH A PROPOSAL AND NO DEVELOPMENT WILL BE PERMITTED WHERE THIS IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE CHARACTER OR APPEARANCE OF THE BUILDING OR, IN THE CASE OF BUILDINGS WITHIN AN EXISTING OR PROPOSED CONSERVATION AREA, THE CHARACTER OR APPEARANCE OF THE AREA AS A WHOLE.
7.8 THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT SHOULD PROGRESS CONSIDERATION OF THE BUILDINGS LISTED IN PARAGRAPH 7.5 IN TERMS OF THEIR REGISTRATION.
THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT SHOULD PROGRESS THE CONSIDERATION OF THE AREAS IDENTIFIED IN PARAGRAPH 7.2 FOR DESIGNATION AS CONSERVATION AREAS.