There are a number of statutory development plans which make up the plan framework for the Island. It is this framework which guides all new development. In time, the Development Plan for the Isle of Man will be made up solely of a Strategic Plan and a number of Area Plans but for the time being consists of:
- a Strategic Plan – see www.gov.im/strategicplanning
- the Area Plan for the South – see www.gov.im/taps
- a number of Local Plans – see www.gov.im/localplans
- the 1982 Development Plan (where no Area or Local Plan applies) – see www.gov.im/1982DP
Further information about the documents that make up the Development Plan, including which plans relate to which areas, is available at www.gov.im/developmentplan
For information about the ongoing Castletown Housing Land Review please see www.gov.im/chlr
Work is ongoing to produce an Area Plan for the East. For more information please see www.gov.im/tape
Planning Policy Statements and Circulars
Work is ongoing to produce Planning Policy Statements (PPS) for further information please see the PPS section of the website www.gov.im/PPS. Currently one PPS has been adopted and is available to download below.
In addition, the circulars set out below remain in-force:
- 4/89 - Bulk Liquefied Petrolium Gas Installations
- 7/89 - Shop Fronts
- 8/89 - Low Density Housing in Parkland
- 1/91 - Provision for Disabled
- 3/91 – Guide to the Design of Residential Development in the Countryside
- 1/92 - Manx Hedges
- 1/93 - Landscape Guidance Notes
- 1/98 - The Alteration and Replacement of Windows
Very occasionally the Department will determine that there is a need to release land for development ahead of the preparation of an Area Plan. In order to do this a Development Order is prepared. The DOs which are in force are available from the the Planning & Building Control Legislation page.
For information about the ongoing Employment Land (Development Order) Project please see www.gov.im/eldo
Other Policy Work
In addition to the above, the following have been published and remain in-force.
- Interim Policy Guidance for Key Town Centre Sites in Douglas 2014
- Victoria Road Devlopment Brief 2010
Further to the Interim Policy Guidance, which was adopted at a Departmental Level, the more recent and more detailed Douglas Town Centre Masterplan was produced. This later document builds on the guidance and has been adopted by Tynwald. It can be accessed on our Central Douglas Masterplan page.
From time-to-time Evidence Base is published, please see www.gov.im/evidencebase.