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Area Plan for the East

Island Development Plan – Area Plan for the East

The updated Strategic Plan – The Isle of Man Strategic Plan 2016 - came into effect on the 1 April 2016 following its approval at March Tynwald.  This means all new Area Plans will be prepared taking this version of the Strategic Plan into account. Whilst the Strategic Plan contains general policies for the Island as a whole, it is the role of the Area Plans to identify site specific proposals and address planning policy matters at the local level.  

Work has commenced on the Area Plan for the East which will cover:

  • the Borough of Douglas
  • the District of Onchan
  • the Parishes of Braddan, Garff (Laxey and Lonan Wards only), Marown and Santon

The plan may be of interest to those who live, work, spend time, own land or wish to invest in the East.

From 24 February to the 26 May 2017 the Department invited all interested parties to make comments on the proposed scope of the plan. This is known as the ‘Preliminary Publicity’ consultation. The results of this consultation are now being considered.

The Preliminary Publicity consultation has been informed by the responses to the ‘Call for Sites’ which was issued last year. The material published for the Call for Sites stage can be viewed.

The Department will consider all of the representations to the Preliminary Publicity consultation before embarking on the remaining stages in plan preparation as set out in Schedule 1 of the 1999 Act, namely:

  • The publication of a Draft Plan
  • The undertaking of a Public Inquiry
  • Publicity of the Inquiry Report
  • The adoption of the Plan by the Cabinet Office
  • The publication of the Plan after approval by Tynwald

The extant development plans in the East will remain in force until the Area Plan for the East is approved and comes into operation.

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