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I think saving the Cosy Nook was less about saving the old building and more to do with stopping some characterless/hideous glass monstrosity built in its place.

The building isn’t really fit for purpose as a Cafe/restaurant, there is barely enough space for the staff let alone the customers. It would be better off as holiday accommodation or similar.

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It’s a quirky building but the inside space is awful, the disabled access isn’t great and the building has been left to get into a dreadful state.   But the plan for replacement was awful.    
 

it’s a difficult balance,   Getting a building that will bring in enough venue to justify the upkeep etc or having an ice cream shack that is only useable in good weather. 
 

I’d have thought something  glass and weathered as an addition to the building would have been more sympathetic and be able to be used in winter and poor weather.  

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I really don't get what they think they are doing putting a hold on demolishing this pile of crap.

Its not architecturally interesting, does not have any special features and has already been totally bastardised with new windows and the tasteful extensions.

The new design it too big for the location but at least its better than what is there and what has a long time ago outlived its usefulness. It also feature smooth rendered walls which look good on drawings but look rubbish when done because of the nature of hand applied renders.

Old Manx buildings are not anything special, piles of rubble with mud to hold them together. Usually damp with no proper way of damp proofing due to that mud and rubble construction.  Having the misfortune to buy one a few years ago I know full well their poor construction and impossibility to keep damp out, you can hide it but not fix it properly.

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1 hour ago, Boris Johnson said:

I really don't get what they think they are doing putting a hold on demolishing this pile of crap.

Its not architecturally interesting, does not have any special features and has already been totally bastardised with new windows and the tasteful extensions.

The new design it too big for the location but at least its better than what is there and what has a long time ago outlived its usefulness. It also feature smooth rendered walls which look good on drawings but look rubbish when done because of the nature of hand applied renders.

Old Manx buildings are not anything special, piles of rubble with mud to hold them together. Usually damp with no proper way of damp proofing due to that mud and rubble construction.  Having the misfortune to buy one a few years ago I know full well their poor construction and impossibility to keep damp out, you can hide it but not fix it properly.

Particularly as it's a food production unit - even if modestly so - the right decision is to demolish and replace with a similar style/design

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4 hours ago, Kopek said:

Don't we just wish other Govt/LA decisions could have been 'put on hold' while a second opinion was sought?

This is a lesson to those who would seek to 'Railroad' their decision thru the Keys?

If the Keys don't like the look of something they refer it to a committee of Tynwald, where it dies

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Buildings should be registered if they are architecturally important. Does this apply to the Cost Nook? No. A hideous extension on the front of the building together with modern windows. Add in the damp and the size making it unsuitable as a cafe. 
 

Do I like the replacement plans? They could be improved. Take a lesson from The Sound. I am sure when that building was proposed there would have been negative comments, but look how popular it is. The new Cosy Nook could be a fantastic modern facility for the community and visitors. 

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The existing structure is a worthless pile of bastardized crap. It’s in a shit state and is a particularly inappropriate food outlet. It has no heritage or architectural substance. The attempt to ‘save’ it is rooted in political cowardice, cynicism and electioneering. All three are in regular supply. In fact, it’s the perfect metaphor of the current state of Manx politics. 

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