Plans Submitted for Medicinal Cannabis Site

Peel NRE has submitted plans to develop a science innovation and research centre, sustainable energy park and a medicinal cannabis cultivation facility on Cooil Road, Braddan.

This follows a public consultation which asked people for their views on the plans.

The company says that its proposals for the site in between the A6 and A5 (New Castletown Road) would create ‘around 250 jobs across a range of skills from botany and technology to security and exports’.

If approved, more than 178,000 sq ft of cannabis cultivation space will be created with around 102,000 sq ft for research and development. The scheme would also feature a solar farm to power the site which would be the Island’s only grid-scale renewable project, contributing to the Isle of Man Government’s ambitions on climate change.

Myles Kitcher, Managing Director of Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, said: ‘This is a game-changing opportunity for the Isle of Man to get ahead in a new and exciting industry that will bring many benefits to the Island and its people and we also hope that it will encourage more renewable projects in the area.

‘As expected, our proposals have attracted a lot of attention and, we are pleased to say, significant support from the community during the extensive public consultation. This includes positivity around the emerging industry on the Island, the proposed campus-style development and new educational and career opportunities.

‘We will continue to work with the community over the coming weeks and months as the project progresses and will be holding an industry event later in the year for businesses interested in finding out more about available opportunities.’

As well as the expected excitement from the business itself, Treasury Minister Dr Alex Allinson has said: ‘The development of the island’s medicinal cannabis sector is a key part of the Government’s ambitions to diversify the economy as well as creating a vibrant new sector to attract more investment and skills to the Isle of Man. We are looking to create a world-class infrastructure and continue to welcome interest in developing this sector further.’