Plans submitted for £100m Isle of Man medical cannabis cultivation center

Plans for a multi-million-pound medicinal cannabis and science innovation center on the Isle of Man have been formally submitted. Peel NRE first unveiled the proposals for the indoor cultivation complex in Braddan in February. Under the scheme, cannabis and products derived from it would be exported.

Detailed planning permission has now been sought for the first two of six cultivation units and associated infrastructure. Permission in principle for the remaining units, research buildings, and a solar power array has also been sought. Further detailed applications for those phases of the development will need to be made in the future.

The firm behind the project is part of billionaire island resident John Whittaker's Peel Group. Developers said the overall cost of the project would equate to an investment in the Manx economy of between £90m and £180m, depending on the requirements of those who show an interest in working from the complex.

A consultation about the development showed that 73% of the 400 people who responded registered their support for the scheme. However, some concerns were raised about the location of the site, including fears of increased traffic and the impact on nearby house prices.

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