Onchan Local Plan:
9.1 There are a number of health related facilities within the area, mostly within the built-up part of the village. There are four elderly persons homes - Thie my Chree Community Home, Meadow View Elderly Persons' Home, Springfield Court and Heathercliffe Private Residential Home. In addition, there are doctors' and dentists' practices in Avondale Court and the Village Walk, a pharmacy on Main Road (that in the Village Walk having closed in relatively recent times) and a chiropodist's also in the Village Walk.
9.2 It has been suggested that the village would benefit from the provision of more sheltered accommodation and in this respect the following sites were proposed as being suitable for such development the Nursery Hotel site and land alongside Heywood Park, the latter for specialist housing and facilities for disabled persons (see paragraphs 4.21, 4.22 and 4.52).
9.3 Onchan Commissioners suggested that there may be a demand for further residential or nursing homes within the area and noted that these may be created through the conversion of larger properties within the area. Whilst this is often acceptable, it is suggested that a preferable solution would be the erection of purpose-designed new units. In this respect it was also suggested that the village may benefit from the provision of a purpose-built and designed medical centre rather than a proliferation of smaller individual practices.
9.4 In light of the above, the following policies are considered appropriate for the study area:
9.5 SHELTERED HOUSING AND NURSING AND RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES AND FACILITIES WILL BE CONSIDERED AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF LAND USE ON THE NURSERY HOTEL SITE AND ON LAND IMMEDIATELY ABUTTING HEYWOOD PARK (IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE LAND BEHIND GOVERNMENT HOUSE - AREA 11) PROVIDED THAT AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LATTER SITE, CHILDREN'S PLAY FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED: A FOOTPATH LINK WITH HEYWOOD PARK MUST BE INCORPORATED.
9.6 A MEDICAL CENTRE WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED A SUITABLE FORM OF DEVELOPMENT ON THE NURSERY HOTEL SITE.
9.7 THE PROVISION OF HEALTH-RELATED FACILITIES (INCLUDING SHELTERED HOUSING, RESIDENTIAL OR NURSING HOMES) WILL BE CONSIDERED AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF USE WITHIN AREAS DESIGNATED FOR MIXED USE OR RESIDENTIAL USE WHERE APPROPRIATE LEVELS OF CAR PARKING ARE AVAILABLE AND WHERE THIS WOULD NOT HAVE AN ADVERSE IMPACT UPON ADJACENT PROPERTY.