Introducing our vision for a game-changing Science and Research Centre
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Leading regeneration and clean energy specialist, Peel NRE, is bringing forward proposals to deliver a state-of-the-art science innovation and research centre (SIRC), a sustainable energy park and a medicinal cannabis cultivation facility to the land at Cooil Road, Braddan.
Following Tynwald’s decision to legalise the cultivation, production and export of medicinal cannabis products on the Island, Peel NRE has been evolving plans for a purpose-built research and development centre in the pharmaceutical sector that will lead in this emerging industry on the Isle of Man.
Located at the corner of Cooil Road and the A5 (New Castletown Road), this game-changing scheme will create new, quality technical jobs, bring further economic opportunities and deliver investment to the Isle of Man that will unlock partnerships across the public and private sectors.
Public Consultation: 14th February – 7th March 2022
The public consultation is now closed. Thank you to those who took part in the consultation and shared their feedback. Peel NRE is now in the process of considering all feedback received before submitting our final proposals to the Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture. More information will be available once the final planning application has been submitted.
In the past two decades access to medical cannabis has rapidly expanded globally, following growing awareness and evidence of its therapeutic benefits. In 2019, the Isle of Man Government undertook an extensive public consultation across the Island to understand people’s views on the cultivation of cannabinoids for medicinal use. The consultation resulted in 95% of all respondents voting in favour of the cultivation and processing the plant for medicinal purposes, provided it was appropriately regulated.
Considering this “very strong support”, Tynwald unanimously backed the legalisation of the production and export of cannabis products on the Island in January 2021, recognising that a new industry could be a key contributor to the Isle of Man’s post-Covid economy recovery.
Tynwald has recognised the potential economic benefits that a well-regulated cultivation sector could deliver to the Island.
According to former Department for Enterprise Minister, Lawrie Hooper MHK, who is now the Minister for Health & Social Care: “We are delighted to launch this exciting new sector in the Isle of Man and to take advantage of the expertise in regulating new, complex industries while providing stringent consumer safety. We’re confident that GSC’s regulation will once again attract quality business to the Island transforming the cannabis export sector into a key contributor to the Isle of Man’s post- COVID economic recovery.”
Our proposed development represents an opportunity for the Island to become a leader in this emerging sector, helping the Isle of Man develop home-grown talent in the research and development sectors for medicinal cannabis and to contribute to cutting-edge research for pharmaceutical benefits. By incorporating and building on innovative technologies found in cannabis facilities across the world, the development will enable the Island to lead the way on medicinal research and cultivation best practice.
It is anticipated that this major investment in the Isle of Man will help to bring economic opportunities to the local supply chain from the construction to operational stages. It will generate quality technical jobs by establishing a destination for scientific and technological excellence showcasing the Island’s innovation and capitalising on the global growth in the sector. It is also envisaged that it would help unlock opportunities for partnerships across public and private organisations in related sectors, as well as stimulate economic activity through inward investment to the Island.
The state-of-the-art facility will operate in a prime position on the Isle of Man and act as a gateway to its capital. The location of the site will maximise efficient cannabis exports, with connectivity to the Island’s airport and Douglas Harbour, as well as highway access via the A5.
Leading the way in a developing sector
Our ambition is to bring forward a gold-standard centre of science and innovation for cannabis cultivation and research, which will lead in this emerging sector on the Isle of Man. The gateway site, close to the Island’s capital, will add to a growing commercial cluster.
The proposals will deliver:
The planning application will be a ‘hybrid application’, consisting of plans in detail, which will allow the first phase of development to begin, and plans in principle, which set out what kind of development will be developed. A further planning application will be required with more detail before the consented plans in principle can be built.
Phase One of Peel NRE’s scheme would see two of the cultivation facilities developed, along with an access road, engineering works and preliminary landscaping. The remaining cultivation facility units as well as the science innovation and research centre and the sustainability park, will be plans in principle for a later phase of the development.
Below are the main elements delivered as part of the site:
Science Innovation and Research Centre (SIRC) Buildings
Sustainable Energy Park
Cannabis Cultivation Campus
If you have any questions about our plans, check below to see our FAQs and answers. For all other questions, please visit our contact page to get in contact with the team.
Peel NRE is bringing forward proposals for a new medicinal cannabis facility, science innovation and research centre, and sustainable energy park located on land at Cooil Road, Braddan.
The site would include a combination of laboratory research and development and crop cultivation spaces, which would seek to position the Island a world leader in this field. The development will also be served through a new solar farm, generating clean energy to power the site.
The site is located to the west of Cooil Road (A6), north of New Castletown Road (A5), and on the western edge of Douglas. It is adjacent to Eden Park business park and Spring Valley Industrial Estate and in close proximity to the airport in the South.
In 2019, the Isle of Man Government undertook an extensive public consultation across the Island to determine the support or otherwise for the introduction of new laws to allow cannabis to be grown for medicinal use.
The consultation resulted in 95% of all respondents indicated a preference in favour of the cultivation and processing the plant for medicinal purposes, provided it was appropriately regulated.
Considering this “very strong support”, Tynwald unanimously backed the legalisation of the production and exportation of cannabis products on the Island in January 2021, recognising that a new industry could be a key contributor to the Isle of Man’s post-Covid economy recovery.
In the past two decades access to medical cannabis has rapidly expanded globally, following growing awareness and evidence of its therapeutic benefits. In mainland UK medical cannabis use is legal as long as it is prescribed by a doctor on a specialist register. In November 2020, the National Health Service confirmed that it is planning a clinical trial of cannabis oil in 2021, and although research is still ongoing, the preliminary evidence suggests that non-psychoactive cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannadinol (THC), are effective in treating many physical, emotional, and mental health conditions.
The development has been brought forward in accordance with the regulations approved by the Tynwald which allows commercial operators to produce medical cannabis products. There is currently no legislation which allows for on-Island medicinal cannabis prescription at this time, however the facility would be able to contribute to local distribution of cannabis-derived products, should this be approved in the future.
Access into the site would be from the new roundabout off Cooil Road located adjacent to the Jackson’s car dealership. Upon arriving at the site, visitors will be ‘screened’ by security and directed toward the appropriate building.
Alternatively, visitors would be directed to designated bays relevant to each individual Science Innovation and Research building. HGVs would be held at the gatehouse for security checks ahead of registration and then granted access into the facility. Sufficient manoeuvring space would be provided to allow HGVs to turn and exit using forward gear only.
The Development Brief requirements require a number of environmental matters to be appropriately assessed within any submission. This includes seeking to ensure no net qualitative loss of biodiversity; consideration of the existing high pressure gas pipeline; and preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). We have agreed the content of the EIA with the Department and that we are co-ordinating with adjacent development promoters (i.e., Hartford Homes).
Appropriate security fencing would be installed to maintain the high levels of security required by the nature of the development. Peel NRE will work with officers from the Isle of Man Planning Service to determine the appropriate specification of any fencing used in order to ensure that it is both fit for purpose and is also sensitive to the local environment. CCTV poles would also be erected which would facilitate remote visibility controlled from the Science Innovation and Research Centre Control Room.
Prior to entering the Cannabis Cultivation Facility, vehicles would be required to pass through a security barrier manned by security personnel housed within a single-storey gatehouse. HGVs, for example, would be held at the gatehouse for security checks ahead of registration and then granted access into the facility.
The facility would deliver a range of employment opportunities for the community, with some available in Phase 1 of the scheme, such as with security and ground maintenance roles. Once built, the development would unlock a significant number of quality technical jobs for Islanders that have been trained and have the qualifications in the relevant fields. These employment opportunities would include botanists, technicians, security personnel, maintenance roles, and office positions.
Alongside the delivery of high tech, quality jobs, there will also be opportunities for local businesses during the construction phase, who will work in tandem with industry specialists. Once operational, there will be further supply chain opportunities across a range of contracts from non-specialist equipment supply to site operations and maintenance.
If approved, the development would seek to unlock learning and research partnerships with local education institutions and public bodies, acting as a catalyst for on-Island medicinal cannabis education, upskilling and employment opportunities. Islanders would also get the opportunity to work side by side with industry experts from across the globe.
Yes – The Peel Group has a long-standing connection with the Isle of Man. Our principal shareholders have been resident on the Island for more than 40 years, making the decision to develop here an easy one.
Peel NRE is initially seeking to engage with the local community, stakeholders and politicians before it finalises its proposals. Once consultation responses have been reviewed, a hybrid application (part in detail and part in principle) will be submitted to the Isle of Man Government in Spring 2022.
The Peel Group has long-standing links with the Isle of Man, our principal shareholders have been resident on the Island for over 40 years, making the decision to develop here an easy one.
As part of Peel L&P, Peel NRE is at the heart of the nation’s activity around clean growth and the circular economy – helping the UK achieve net zero by 2050 and supporting the regions in their actions to achieve climate emergency targets.
We re-use, re-purpose and re-energise natural resources to develop and maintain vital infrastructure across the UK and are experts in renewable energy, district heating, waste to value, water management, materials management and electric vehicle charging.
Our Protos Cheshire energy and resource hub leads the way in low carbon energy and waste management with the deployment of innovative technologies including the UK’s first plastic-to-hydrogen facility, a 50MW windfarm, a 21.5MW biomass plant, a 49MW energy from waste plant in construction and a plastic park blueprint to revolutionise plastic recycling nationwide.
Across the UK we have delivered over 180MW of onshore wind, including the 65MW Scout Moor windfarm, and are currently delivering a further 120MW on the Shetland Islands.
We provide a range of water supply and drainage services along 124km of waterways – providing access to over 150,000,000m3 of water per annum for industrial and potable uses.
We work in partnership with investors, technology providers and business, together with the public sector, to provide bespoke real estate, infrastructure and operational solutions for the low carbon and circular economy sector.
Excellence in environmental stewardship and energy management is integral to our operations and examples of best practice exist across our investments.
We see possibility. We deliver transformation.
The pre-application public consultation is now closed. However, if you would still like to get in touch with the project team, you can contact us in the following ways:
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