Catriona Mackie writes about ’The island in context’ in the latest edition of IHBC’s Context, themed on the Isle of Man, setting out its planning system, currently under review, and the opportunities to amend or radically redesign planning and conservation policy and legislation.
Catriona Mackie writes:
‘Planning policy is laid out in the island’s development plan, which combines the government’s strategic plan and a series of local and area plans. The strategic plan provides the framework for land use and development. Work is under way to replace outdated local plans with a series of broader area plans. These area plans identify potential areas for development, and include development briefs for significant sites. They also identify buildings potentially worthy of inclusion on the protected buildings register (comparable to listing in the UK)…’
In conclusion, she writes that: ‘Part of the problem is that we currently have relatively little information about the island’s vernacular buildings, particularly those in the countryside. It is therefore difficult to evaluate the architectural or historic significance of individual properties. There are currently no plans for an audit of the island’s wider historic built environment. With the planning system under review, there is now an opportunity for government to amend, or radically redesign, planning and conservation policy and legislation. There seems to be widespread support for significant changes, at both political and officer-levels. Perhaps the biggest challenge will be to find a way to adequately resource planning and conservation during the current period of continued economic instability.’
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