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Employment Land (Development Order) Project

The Report of the Employment Land Review 2015, produced for the Isle of Man Government, highlights the strong demand for additional employment land, primarily in the East. The Cabinet Office is therefore exploring the potential for using Development Orders under Section 8 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1999 to release land for employment purposes. Employment land includes such uses as manufacturing, industrial and warehousing and distribution. This page provides information about this ongoing project. 

An update note which summarises the process and next steps is available to download from this page.


The Department of Infrastructure issued a Call for Sites in July 2015 and started preparatory work on the project. There have been some changes to where the Planning Policy team ‘sits’ since then and as from 1 January 2016, the responsibility for Planning Policy has rested with the Cabinet Office.  

Maps showing the sites submitted, as well as the individual site submissions can be downloaded from this page.

Employment Site Assessment Findings

The initial results of this work are available in the report ‘Isle of Man Employment Land Development Orders Site Assessment Findings’ (May 2016) which is available to download from this page. The main report summarises the process, overall findings and recommends next steps. The report contains two appendices – the Site Assessment Framework and the results for each site.

This report identified that the preferred sites to be brought forward for development to support economic growth were at Sangster’s Field (DO2 and DO5), The Nunnery and work is ongoing to fully explore the merits of publishing a Draft Development Order for this area.

The assessment of Site DO9 could not be completed at the same time as the others, as it was the subject of an ongoing appeal. That appeal has now concluded granting Planning Approval for a car showroom. In light of this, the applicant provided a revised submission accordingly and the assessment of remainder of the site has been completed. The revised submission and addendum report (August 2016) are available to download from this page.

Site DO9 scored as high as the Sangster’s Field sites. The Employment Land Review is currently being updated and once this work has been completed consideration will be given as to whether it is appropriate to take the Site forward as a second Development Order, or whether it would be more appropriate to consider the site as part of the emerging Area Plan for the East.

Settlement Boundaries

In order to help in Stage 1 of the assessment process, the Department used ‘Settlement Boundary Maps’. For the South, these settlement boundaries remain the same as those set out in the Area Plan for the South. For the East, North and West, draft settlement boundaries have been prepared to help in the assessment of sites. There may, in the future, be amendments to these draft boundaries when it comes to preparing ‘Area Plans’ for these areas. There will be the opportunity to comment on such boundaries when any new Draft Area Plans are published.

The following documents were made available alongside the Call for Sites as PDFs in the table below.

Settlement Boundary Maps - South
Ballabeg Ballasalla
Castletown Colby
Port Erin & Ballafesson Port St. Mary
Draft Settlement Boundary Maps - East
Baldrine Crosby & Glen Vine
Douglas Laxey
Newtown Onchan
Union Mills & Stang
Draft Settlement Boundary Maps - North
Andreas Ballaugh
Bride Glen Mona
Jurby Ramsey
Draft Settlement Boundary Maps - West
Dalby Foxdale
Glen Maye Kirk Michael
Peel St. John's
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