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Preliminary Publicity

Preliminary Publicity Consultation

16 April to 25 June 2021

In accordance with the Development Plan Procedure, as set out in paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to the Town and Country Planning Act 1999, the Cabinet Office gives notice that it is preparing an Area Plan for the North and West of the Island and is commencing Preliminary Publicity.

In simple terms, the ‘Preliminary Publicity’ represents the formal start of the process to produce a new development plan. It will be an Area Plan that will relate to the North and West of the Island, and individuals are being given an opportunity to comment at an early stage. 

The Area Plan for the North and West will:

  • Allocate land for development where there is an identified need up to 2026;
  • Identify strategic reserves of land, where appropriate, for future development should the need arise;
  • Preserve and protect land uses where there is community, environmental or social benefit or which are recognised as key infrastructure;
  • Promote brownfield land for development to strengthen town and village centres;  and
  • Protect the countryside that falls outside of identified settlements and any sustainable extensions thereto.  

The plan area will include the following Local Authority areas:

  • The Town Districts of Ramsey and Peel; and
  • The Parishes of Jurby, Andreas, Bride, Ballaugh, Lezayre , Garff (Maughold Ward only), Michael, German and Patrick

When approved by Tynwald, the Area Plan for the North and West will replace a number of extant Local Plans and will help guide planning application decisions.  The Plan will be in operation for a number of years, so it is important that as many views as possible are captured during this early stage of the plan-making process. This will enable the Cabinet Office to prepare a Draft Area Plan for the North and West which is supported by good evidence and high levels of engagement.  

Preliminary Publicity is the first stage in the plan making process.  It publicises the topic areas that the Cabinet Office would like to address in detail within the Draft Area Plan and gives individuals the opportunity to comment from the outset of the formal process.  Cabinet Office would welcome comments from a wide range of individuals, groups, businesses, landowners and developers, public bodies and Government Departments.

The Consultation Process

The Department is asking for representations on the Preliminary Publicity documents which should ideally be done via the Consultation Hub. The Preliminary Publicity documents are also available via the links on this webpage.  Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, paper copies of the documents can be viewed in person, at Cabinet Office Reception, 3rd Floor, Government Office, Bucks Road, Douglas.  Please note that given the volume of individual site submissions, these can only be viewed by prior appointment with the Planning Policy Team. 

If a Response Form submission is preferred; it can be downloaded from this web page.  Electronic submissions are encouraged, and can be forwarded to the planning policy email address (northandwest@gov.im). Completed responses in paper format can be forwarded to the Planning Policy Team at the Cabinet Office, 3rd Floor, Government Office, Bucks Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 3PN.

Comments will need to be submitted by 5pm on 25 June 2021.   

 Submitted Sites

The Main Report (PP1) and other Papers (PP2, PP4, PP5 and Maps) are supplemented by specific site submissions and information about each site. These are ordered by Local Authority Area and are available to view below.

Andreas Sites

Ballaugh Sites

Bride Sites

Garff Sites (Maughold ward only)

German Sites

Jurby Sites

Lezayre Sites

Michael Sites

Patrick Sites

Peel Sites

Ramsey Sites

Due to the large volume of material associated with the site submissions, these documents are only available to view online (via the above links) or in person subject to making prior arrangement with the Planning Policy Team at the Cabinet Office who can be contacted at northandwest@gov.im or on +44 1624 686985/ 685750.

The Preliminary Publicity consultation has been informed by the responses to the ‘Call for Sites’ which was issued in 2019 and concluded in 2020. Cabinet Office also conducted further research to identify additional sites for assessment and the Site Identification Report (PP2) can be referred to for further detail on such sites. All reasonable efforts will be made as part of the consultation to contact all land owners, where they or their representatives have not already been in contact with the Department through the Call for Sites. However, anyone who owns land which is highlighted within the consultation material can contact the Cabinet Office for information. 

If you have any questions about the Preliminary Publicity consultation or wider plan-making process, please contact the Policy Team by emailing northandwest@gov.im

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