Feedback is being sought on a proposal by the Department of Infrastructure aimed at providing more flexibility within the planning system.
A public consultation has been launched today (Friday) on plans to revise the legislation that places land and buildings into various categories known as ‘use classes’.
The intention is to give businesses greater ability to change within and between use classes, without the need to seek planning approval.
For example, formal approval would currently be required to change the use of a building from a car repair workshop (general industrial) to a parcel depot (storage and/or distribution).
The proposed amendment to the Permitted Development Order would remove that necessity.
As well as helping the business community, the revision would reduce the number of applications being submitted and allow officers to focus on other key aspects of planning.
The public consultation details the department’s proposal to amend the existing use classes and permitted changes of use, as well as creating new classes. This is aimed at ensuring the island has in place a comprehensive list of use classes that is fit for purpose for the future.
Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne MHK said: ‘The Department is committed to ensuring that the planning system is able to support the economic development requirements of the Isle of Man.
‘These revisions are intended to modernise and streamline the process by eliminating the need for approval where a change is sought within the same use class. This is further evidence of our desire to drive forward changes to the planning system that will increase customer focus, improve efficiency and deliver even better value for taxpayers’ money. I would encourage individuals and businesses to submit their views by responding to the consultation.’
The consultation document is available on the Government website at http://www.gov.im/consultations.gov
Alternatively, written comments can be emailed to PlanningPolicy.DOI@gov.im or by post to: Planning Policy Team, Department of Infrastructure, Strategy, Policy and Performance, Sea Terminal, Douglas, IM1 2RF.
The deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday, January 9.