Amendment to the Town & Country Planning Act

Closed 31 Oct 2018

Opened 3 Sep 2018

Feedback Updated 1 Feb 2019

We Asked

The Cabinet Office asked for feedback on proposed changes to the Isle of Man’s Town and Country Planning Act (1999) between 3 September 2018 and 1 October 2018. These changes were included in a draft Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill 2018.

You Said

The consultation attracted 71 responses in total; the majority via the Consultation Hub and 6 by letter. These have been published where permission was received, sometimes anonymously. There were a number of types of respondents, including local authorities, conservation and heritage groups, government departments and individuals. 

We Did

A summary of the consultation and responses is published and is available for download.

These responses have been analysed carefully, and are being taken into account as the Bill is prepared for introduction into Tynwald.  The revised Bill is due to be introduced into the House of Keys in early 2019.

Results Updated 31 Jan 2019


Published Responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Isle of Man government conducted a consultation on town planning issues from October 2017 to January 2018. This was a wide-ranging consultation, seeking input from the public about many different aspects of the current legislation, issues of concern and potential legislative changes.

The government considered all the responses received and then published an action plan to improve the planning system in May 2018.

Implementing this action plan requires legislative amendments to the Town and Country Planning Act 1999.

Why We Are Consulting

One of the actionable objectives of the Programme for Government is to improve the planning system, published in May 2018, which sets out a series of things to be done by Government. The first of these is to bring forward amendments to the Town and Country Planning Act 1999.

The amendments outlined in the action plan are:

  1. New powers for the subsequent introduction of National Policy Directives which, with Tynwald approval, could override the Development Plan to better meet our needs.
  2. A new Community Infrastructure Levy taking effect in early 2020.
  3. The powers to introduce a method for faster minor amendments to existing planning approvals by the end of 2019.
  4. Introduce a definition of ‘General Importance to the Island’’ as set out in Section 11(1)(a) of the Act.
  5. Discretionary powers for the Cabinet Office to appoint a planning advisory body under Section 40 of the Act.
  6. Explicitly define the statutory basis for Planning Committee(s) and their decisions

Please refer to the Action Plan to Improve the Planning System for the full outline of these and future actions.

We now seek your views on these proposed amendments.

What Happens Next

We are reviewing all of the responses and will provide a summary of what action or changes will be made as a result of this consultation.


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  • All residents


  • Planning policy