Consultation Hub

Consultation helps shape our work to inform the development of policy, projects and legislation. It helps us to find out your views and lets us know about any ideas or suggestions you may have. 

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Eaisht lesh dagh cleaysh, eisht jean briwnys
Listen with each ear, then decide

Featured Consultations

Open Consultations

  • Climate Change Bill Consultation

    This consultation is about the development of the Climate Change Bill, a fundamental part of climate action on the Island, necessary to meet the Chief Minister’s target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. More

    Closes 1 September 2020

  • Voucher Survey

    Dear Parent/Guardian, The food shopping voucher scheme that was introduced during the COVID19 pandemic on the Island has now been extended from July to September 2020. We would very much like to understand the challenges faced by parents and carers during the school holiday... More

    Closes 7 September 2020

  • Credit Unions – Savings Limit Change

    A proposal to make an Order that will increase the limit for savings in a credit union. More

    Closes 13 September 2020

  • Proposed legislation to update the Merchant Shipping (Manning & STCW) Regulations

    The Isle of Man Ship Registry is consulting on Regulations to update the Ship Registry’s existing Merchant Shipping (Manning & STCW) Regulations to give effect to the latest amendments to the STCW Convention. The purpose of the STCW Convention is to promote safety of life at sea and to... More

    Closes 21 September 2020

  • The Introduction of Water Quality Objectives and Environmental Quality Standards

    The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture is seeking views on proposals to introduce Water Quality Objectives (WQO) and Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) to assess water quality and monitor compliance for inland, coastal and bathing waters in the Isle of Man. Water quality... More

    Closes 7 October 2020

Closed Consultations

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

For views on the Authority’s revised proposals for the minimum capital requirement for PCCs and ICCs under the draft Insurance (Non Long-Term Business Valuation and Solvency) Regulations 2020.

You Said

Respondents found our proposed approach acceptable.

We Did

We finalised the Insurance (Non Long-Term Business Valuation and Solvency) Regulations 2020 ahead of the launch of the new capital and solvency regime in December 2020.

We Asked

We sought views and feedback on the proposed new Manx Care Bill via the public consultation “Creating a new Organisation to Provide Health and Social Care Services – Manx Care”.

You Said

We received 36 formal responses to the consultation: 4 of these responses were received from organisations and 32 individuals.

The majority of consultation responses received were supportive of the establishment of Manx Care and the proposals set out within the consultation paper and the Bill.

We Did

We have now reviewed all of the responses received which has proved useful in identifying some changes that have benefited the drafting of the Bill. A large amount of feedback was also received which will be useful for various other projects that form part of the wider Transformation Programme.

We Asked

The Town & Country Planning Act (1999) sets out a definition of ‘development’. Things that fall within this definition must have planning approval before they can be carried out. Planning approval can be via individual planning applications or can be a ‘blanket’ approval by secondary legislation (aka Permitted Development or PD). The mechanism for the latter is a Development Order produced by the Cabinet Office and approved by Tynwald. The determination of a planning application must take into account all relevant material considerations and must not take into account anything which is not a material consideration.

Development Orders may be appropriate where proposals are unlikely to be contentious or where relevant the material considerations are unlikely to benefit from case-by-case consideration. Where a proposal is contentious due to non-material issues, there is unlikely to be any benefit of case-by-case consideration by way of a planning application as the process cannot legally take into account the non-material issues which make it controversial.

Amendments were proposed to the existing Permitted Development and the principles were the subject of a public consultation as part of the ongoing joint project between the Cabinet Office and the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture to reform the planning system. However, for the avoidance of doubt, references within this document to the Department refer to the Cabinet Office. The consultation asked for views about a number of proposed amendments to existing Permitted Development rights. Part 1 of the consultation focussed 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 clarification in relation to household extensions and parking was also proposed. Part 2 of the consultation proposed amendments to the Change of Use element of the Permitted Development Order including:

  • expanding some of the town centre areas which allow change of use between classes (covered by Permitted Development); and
  • clarifying the requirements for flats to have at least one window with a reasonable outlook.  

You Said

There were 45 responses to the consultation, including 3 Local Authorities (Garff, Port St. Mary and Ramsey), the Manx Wildlife Trust and Manx Utilities. Marown Commissioners confirmed they had no comments.

We Did

This report is a summary of the responses and the issues they raise. It considers questions 5 – 9 of the consultation, providing statistical analysis of the answers and common issues. A number of detailed points were raised in relation to the Order, some suggesting changes and some raising concerns. These are set out in Appendix 2. The draft Order has been updated in light of the above, and will require Tynwald approval before coming into operation.