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Approval for car park and office in Douglas

Douglas development
Image caption The changes will bring a multi-storey car park, library premises, offices and toilets

A £13m plan to build a multi-storey car park, library and office building in Douglas has been given the go-ahead.

The project has been described by the council as the "largest and most expensive development ever undertaken in the capital outside of housing".

The Cambrian Place development was given unanimous support at a council meeting on 27 January.

Douglas Council leader David Christian said although the cost is high, the end result will be a "valuable asset".

He added: "No longer will we be paying in the region of £150,000 a year in rent for the library premises and we will have saved in the region of £117,000, the sum we had allocated to provide new public conveniences on the snake pit site at the junction of Fort Street and Victoria Street."

The multi-storey car park is expected to provide about 460 parking spaces in an area which has been earmarked by The Sefton Group as a new leisure complex and hotel.

The council's planning application is expected to be submitted by the end of February.

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