Residents at the new Westmoreland Village development will not be eligible for disc zone parking.

This was confirmed in the House of Keys this week by Infrastructure Minister Tim Crookall who said that the area was ‘at capacity’.

Mr Crookall also referred back to the design plan for the development, in which ‘one of the drivers was to encourage site users to choose alternative transport modes over single occupancy car use’.

The development, proposed for a site bordered by Demesne Road and Westmoreland Road, is being developed by the Manx Development Corporation (MDC) and comprises 133 new homes, split across apartments, townhouses, small blocks of flats and a senior living block.

It also includes a new scout hut/community pavilion, and refurbishment and extension of Crookall House as office spaces.

The proposals were passed by the narrowest of margins, with the MDC’s application being carried by the casting vote of chairman Rob Callister MHK after three votes for and three votes against.

Concerns centred on the issue of off-street parking, with only 89 car spaces being provided – when the government’s own Strategic Plan specifies it would require 214.

Speaking during Tuesday’s House of Keys sitting, Mr Crookall said: ‘Some off-street parking has been provided within the site, of course.