Manx Care has submitted a planning application to create a new, state-of-the-art residential care home in the north of the island, to replace Cummal Mooar.
In was announced in 2020 by then DHSC Minister David Ashford that designs for a new home were underway as Cummal Mooar had reached the end of its useful life.
The proposal would see the new facility constructed on land at the Cooil Ny Marrey site on Waterloo Road in Ramsey, which sits behind the current Cummal Mooar building on Queens Promenade. This has been made possible as the result of a land-swap agreement with the Ramsey and Northern Districts Housing Committee.
Subject to planning approval, the land-swap agreement would see the existing Cooil Ny Marrey building demolished. Residents of the sheltered housing facility have been moved to the housing authority’s new site, ‘Mayfield’ on May Hill in Ramsey, which opened in November. The housing authority would then have possession of the current Cummal Mooar site.
The scheme is expected to cost £12.5m.
Sally Shaw, Manx Care’s Executive Director of Social Care, commented: ‘Manx Care strives to deliver the best possible service to the residents of our residential care homes by adopting a person-centred approach that helps them to maintain their independence as much as possible. The planning application to build a replacement for Cummal Mooar highlights how we’re investing resources in the appropriate areas to create residential properties that are future-proofed to meet the ongoing care needs of our ageing population, whilst creating a safe and comfortable living experience for them.’