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Reform of the Planning System

The Department of Environment Food and Agriculture,  with the Cabinet Office,  has launched a consultation  to seek views on proposed changes to secondary legislation to enable certain types of development to take place without the need for a specific planning application (sometimes called 'Permitted Development').  The details can be found at


The closing  date  for  comments   is the  30th March  2020


Part 1  of the consultation focusses on minor alterations to existing sites and buildings (outside

Conservation Areas) which could help to reduce carbon emissions, including:

•   Air Source Heat Pumps;

•    Electric Vehicle Charging Points;

•    Replacement Conservatory Roofs;

•    Solar Panels; and

•    Cycle Shelters.


A proposed clarification  in relation to household extensions and parking is also proposed.


Part  2 of the consultation proposes improvements to the changes of use which are allowed as permitted development including:

•    expanding some of the town centre areas (within Castletown, Onchan and Port Erin) covered by

Permitted Development for changes of use; and

•    clarifying the requirements for windows with an outlook for changes to flats.



Comments can be submitted  via the Consultation Hub alternatively, comments can be made by post or



If you wish to discuss the consultation prior to making any response, please contact the Planning Team by Telephone 685950 or email  


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