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Kirk Michael coastline management zone 7 June 2007

The Department of Transport is seeking Tynwald approval for an Order that will allow them to monitor the coastline at Kirk Michael and regularly survey for coastal erosion.

The Coastline Management Zone (Kirk Michael) Designation Order 2007 is being sought under the Coastline Management Act 2005 and refers to the land lying between the Glen Balleira stream and the Glen Wyllin stream, and lying above the foreshore. Minister for Transport, the Hon David Anderson MHK, will seek the approval at the June sitting of Tynwald.

For an Order to be made under the Act, the Department must be satisfied that it is necessary for:

  • Protecting land from coastal change; or
  • Preventing or limiting coastal change; or
  • Preventing or limiting the likelihood of any danger arising from coastal change; or
  • Preventing or limiting the likelihood of damage to buildings, structures or works on or near coastal land as a result of coastal change; or
  • preventing or limiting the likelihood of interference with the use of coastal land by reason of coastal change; or
  • preserving or improving the amenities of coastal land or land near coastal land

A Designation Order would establish a zone within which the Department would have specific duties and powers, including the ability to undertake, construct or maintain coastal works deemed necessary, along with the authority to pay compensation to the owners and occupiers of any land affected by such work. However, the 2005 Act does not override planning controls, in that building, engineering, mining and other operations in, on, over or under land – whether carried out by the Department or others – will still be subject to the requirements of the Town and Country Planning Act 1999.

Furthermore, the 2005 Act makes two amendments to the Town and Country Planning Act 1999, which require the Department of Local Government and the Environment to take account of the Coastline Management Zone when preparing or revising development plans or issuing or revising policy statements.

Currently, there is no provision within the Department’s budget or Government’s capital programme to undertake any coastline management works and, therefore, no commitment can be given to take any action to undertake works to prevent further erosion in the area. The Department will, however, undertake surveys on an annual basis to ascertain the rate of erosion of the coastline within the Zone.

The Department undertook a statutory public consultation on the proposed Coastline Management Zone, inviting comments from the public by advertising in the local media and delivering consultation letters to each dwelling and landowner within the proposed Management Zone. There was just one respondent to the consultation, who made no objection to the Designation Order.

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