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 https://consult.gov.im/environment-food-and-agriculture/reform-of-the-planning-system-proposed-amendments/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.