Three buildings of “historical significance” on the Isle of Man have been legally protected from demolition, the environment minister has said.

The Cosy Nook Cafe in Port Erin, Trafalgar House in Douglas and the Mitre in Kirk Michael have been added to the protected buildings register following investigations.

Geoffrey Boot said the move would “preserve them for future generations”.

The sites had been at risk of being knocked down or significantly altered.

Plans to replace the stone-built cafe on the seafront in Port Erin sparked outcry last year, while concerns were also raised over any potential changes to a former pub in Douglas that is currently up for sale, and another in Kirk Michael, parts of which date back to the 16th century.

Mr Boot said all three buildings were “of special architectural or historical interest” and added “character to the island’s unique landscape”.

He added: “Our built environment plays an important role in our cultural and national identity, and we are delighted to register these buildings and preserve them for future generations.”

Rushen Heritage Trust, which highlighted the significance of the Port Erin structures, said it was “pleased” with the decision.

The trust said it was “hopeful” that “a way forward” could now be found with the village’s local authority over the future use of the buildings.

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