Development Plan

Introduction

The Island Development Plan provides the framework which guides all new development. The intention is for this ‘Development Plan’ to be made up of an Isle of Man Strategic Plan and one or more Area Plans. The framework is currently made up of the Isle of Man Strategic Plan 2016, the Area Plan for the South, the 1982 Development Plan and a number of Local and Area Plans. In time, the 1982 Plan and the remaining Local Plans will be replaced entirely by Area Plans. All statutory Plans are approved by Tynwald.

Strategic Plan

The Isle of Man Strategic Plan 2016 (approved by Tynwald on 15 March 2016) replaces the Isle of Man Strategic Plan 2007 (see archived documents). The Strategic Plan sets out the general policies for the development of and use of land across the Island. It provides an Island wide policy framework. These policies are considered when assessing planning applications and when preparing Area Plans and other policy documents. 

The Strategic Plan can be downloaded from the webpage: www.gov.im/strategicplanning 

Local and Area Plans

A series of more detailed site specific proposals are set out in the Area Plan for the South and a number of Local Plans. Many of the Local Plans date back to the 1990's and work is underway to replace them with new Area Plans which cover a larger geographical area than the traditional Local Plan. The first of these, the Area Plan for the South, was approved by Tynwald in 2013 and more recently the Area Plan for the East in November 2020.

The Local and Area Plans which are in operation are summarised in the table below and the map which is available to download from this page.

AreaDate approved
Peel 1989
Kirk Michael 1994
Ramsey 1998
Foxdale 1999
St John's 1999
Sulby 1999
Area Plan for the South 2013
Area Plan for the East 2020

The Local Plans can be downloaded from the webpage: www.gov.im/localplans

The Area Plan for the South can be downloaded from the webpage: www.gov.im/TAPS

The Area Pan for the East Can be downloaded from the webpage: www.gov.im/tape

The 1982 Development Plan

The 1982 Development Plan is still in force for areas where there is no Local or Area Plan. It can be downloaded from the webpage: www.gov.im/1982DP