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Salvation Army plans replacement HQ

A Douglas landmark could be demolished and replaced with a new building - if planners give the scheme the green light.

The Salvation Army has unveiled plans to demolish the current Citadel on Lord Street in Douglas.

In its place, the organisation would build a new place of worship with space for offices, meeting areas and a nursery.

The Salvation Army says the building would be slightly larger than its current headquarters - but wouldn't dwarf its neighbours.

In its planning application, the organisation says worship facilities inside would be able to cater for more than 100 people and would screen out traffic noise from the main road.

Because many of its users are older people, the building would be fully accessible and include facilities for those with limited mobility.

A large purpose-built nursery would provide play facilities for youngsters as well as a sensory area, dining room and kitchen.

The existing building was put up in 1932, when it was built on the site of a Georgian house called the Old Brig.

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