Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Minister seeks approval for social housing in Jurby

Proposed housing
Image caption Chris Robertshaw will seek approval in Tynwald

The Isle of Man's social care minister is to seek Tynwald approval to spend up to £785,000 on social housing in the north of the island.

Chris Robertshaw MHK will seek approval for a development of six apartments and car parking in Jurby's Bretney estate.

The Isle of Man currently has more than 1,400 people on its Public Sector General Housing waiting list.

Mr Robertshaw said it was essential the government continued to invest in affordable housing.

"Although this project is relatively small in scale, it is utilising existing under-used land in government ownership and will provide continuing work for the island's construction industry," said Mr Robertshaw.

The cost of the scheme is within the budget already included in the government estimates for this year and if approved will allow the project to commence on site later this month on programme.

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