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Southern Area Plan – Two important reminders 3 October 2008

Responses to the Issues and Options Report for the Southern Area are due by Friday 24 October 2008 Notification of potential sites for development are also due by Friday 24 October 2008 In July this year the Department of Local Government and the Environment published the Issues and Options report for the Southern Area of the Isle of Man. This was a first step in defining the matters of importance in relation to land use in the South of the Island and, where appropriate, indicating options to address these matters.

The responses to this document will inform the production of the Draft Area Plan and will assist in shaping the future of Rushen, Port Erin, Port St Mary, Arbory, Castletown and Malew. It is therefore important to respond to the document to make views known about how and where the area should progress.

A Draft Plan will be published in the early part of 2009. A crucial element of this Draft Plan will be the identification of land suitable for residential or employment uses.

All potential sites will be assessed before a decision is made as to their suitability for being included within the Area Plan. Independent consultants commissioned by the Department have formulated a site assessment framework and it is against this that all sites, including any which the Department may wish to put forward will be assessed.

To ensure that all sites are assessed in the same manner it is vital that landowners and developers within the Southern Area complete a Site Identification form indicating where there is land which they consider has the potential to be developed and the timeframe in which they would like to see the land developed. This short form will provide enough initial information for the Planning Policy Team to assess the sites and decide which should be put forward into the Draft Plan.

All of the documentation relating to the Area Plan for the South can be found on the Department’s website. http://www.gov.im/dlge/planning/plan/southernplan.xml

Both the responses to the Issues and Options report and completed Site Identification Forms should be returned to the Department by no later than the 24 October 2008. After this date the Department will analyse all the submissions and begin work on the Draft Area Plan. All submissions to the Department will be made public.

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