Background Documents

Key Background Documents

The preparation of the Island Plan is being shaped by a number of background documents, some of which are detailed below in the following subject order:

  • Economic Development.
  • Employment.
  • Retail.
  • Tourism.
  • Housing.
  • Gypsies, Travellers & Travelling Showpeople.
  • Green Infrastructure & Open Space.
  • Flooding.
  • Renewable Energy.
  • Transport.
  • Waste.
  • Minerals.

Throughout the Core Strategy preparation a number of key evidence base documents have been prepared, and, in some instances, updated. A final list of key evidence base documents will be published when the Core Strategy is submitted for examination.

Economic Development

Economic Development Delivery – Action Plan

This document was produced by the Isle of Wight Council and details the key actions to be delivered in 2010/11. These include actions to help businesses on the Island, including inward investment (with a focus on renewable energy) and support for existing businesses. The plan also identifies actions to provide for significant new employment land and to invest in the employment and skill needs of local people.

Economic Development Delivery – Action Plan (PDF, 359Kb, 34 pages, March 2010).

Economic Development Delivery – Commentary

This document was produced by the Isle of Wight Council and provides the background and context to the detailed action. It describes the rationale for key objectives and an overview of proposed activity.

Economic Development Delivery – Commentary (PDF, 281Kb, 18 pages, March 2010).


Employment Land Study

This study updates the Isle of Wight Council's evidence base by:

  • Reviewing the characteristics and performance of the Island's economy;
  • Assessing commercial market trends and dynamics in the office and industrial sectors;
  • Reviewing performance of current employment sites on the Island;
  • Assessing the supply of land capable of accommodating new B-class employment development;
  • Forecasting future needs for employment land provision within the Island; and
  • Bringing the analysis together to make recommendations regarding additional employment land provision.

Employment Land Study (PDF, 9Mb, 105 pages, March 2015).

Employment Land Demand Study

The Isle of Wight Council commissioned GVA Grimley to undertake an employment land review in 2008.  The report compared projected demand and existing supply.

Employment Land Demand Study (PDF, 2.2Mb, 73 pages, January 2008).

Employment Land Assessment

The Employment Land Assessment provides an update of existing supply and projected demand for employment land over the plan period and summarises areas which can offer opportunities for economic growth and development.

Employment Land Assessment (PDF, 300Kb, 31 pages, June 2010); Consulting Inplace for the Isle of Wight Council.


Retail Study (2018)

The study acts as the evidence base to assist in the preparation of the new Island Planning Strategy. It will also provide baseline information to assist in the determination of planning applications for retail development.

Retail Study Volume 1 (2018) (PDF, 1.54KB, 69 pages)

Retail Study Volume 2 - Appendices (2018) (PDF, 4.94MB, 200 pages)

Island Wide Retail Assessment 2014 

This document updates earlier studies (2008 and 2009) and includes a survey of the shopping patterns and habits on the Island and up-to-date expenditure estimates (based on 2011 Census and the latest mid-year estimates).

Island Wide Retail Assessment (PDF, 1.3Mb, 54 pages, September 2014); Carter Jonas for the Isle of Wight Council.

Appendix 1 - Household Survey Results (PDF, 140Kb, 27 pages).

Appendix 2 - Quantitative Analysis (PDF, 237Kb, 14 pages).

Appendix 3 - Retail Planner Briefing Note 11 - October 2013 (PDF, 825Kb, 26 pages).

Appendix 4 - Glossary (PDF, 199Kb, 2 pages).

Town Centre Health Check Study

Halcrow Group was commissioned by the Council to assess the ‘health’ of the towns of Cowes, East Cowes, Freshwater, Newport, Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor.

Town Centre Health Check Study (PDF, 8.42Mb, 157 pages, October 2009).

Retail Uses Surveys for Cowes, East Cowes, Newport and Ryde

To inform the background work to the Medina Valley and Ryde Area Action Plans, the Council undertook surveys of non-residential properties in and around the town centre boundaries of Cowes, East Cowes, Newport and Ryde. The mapped outputs showing the Town Centre Boundaries and Primary Retail Frontages, Non-Residential Use Classes and Vacant Non-Residential Units at the date of the survey are below:

Retail Uses Surveys for Cowes, East Cowes and Newport (PDF, 9.61Mb, 11 pages, January 2012).

Retail Uses Survey for Ryde (PDF, 4.79Mb, 5 pages, January 2012).


Holiday Parks Study

Holiday Park Sector Audit & Review (PDF, 2.8Mb, 154 pages, 2006); Rural Solutions for Isle of Wight Tourism and Tourism South East.

Hotel Futures Study

Hotel Futures Study (PDF, 589Kb, 144 pages, September 2005); Tourism Solutions and ack tourism for Isle of Wight Tourism and Tourism South East.

Tourism Development Plan

Tourism Development Plan (PDF, 717Kb, 73 pages, October 2005); Isle of Wight Tourism.


Housing Needs Assessment (2018)

The assessment provides information on the Island's housing market and housing requirements in the future. It covers in detail issues such as affordable housing, tenure mix and the type and size of new houses.

Housing Needs Assessment (2018) (PDF, 2.59MB, 186 pages)

Independent Island Living Strategy

The strategy concentrates on improving the housing offer to older people. Independent Island Living is our name for extra care housing. This strategy sits alongside other Council strategies such as Care Close to Home and is a strand of the Housing Framework, My Life My Home. The principles and approach to delivering Independent Island Living is rooted in good practice and law.

Extra Care Housing Strategy 2017-2032 (PDF, 606KB, 7 pages); June 2017, Isle of Wight Council

Independent Island Living Market Statement 2017 (PDF, 565KB , 7 Pages)

This document provides population and needs data and current housing options available to older persons on the Isle of Wight. It also provides a list of legislation, strategies and papers used to inform the extra Care Housing Strategy.

Extra Care Housing Strategy Background Evidence Document (PDF, 883KB, 17 pages), June 2017); Isle of Wight Council.

Older Persons’ Accommodation

Determining the Future Provision Requirements for Older Persons’ Accommodation on the Isle of Wight 2009-2027 (PDF, 747Kb, 23 pages, March 2010); Isle of Wight Council.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

The SHLAA report and appendices can be viewed here ( website).

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

The purpose of the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) is to identify the scale and mix of housing and the range of tenures that the local population is likely to need over the plan period which:

  • meets household and population projections, taking account of migration and demographic change;
  • addresses the need for all types of housing, including affordable housing and the needs of different groups in the community (such as, but not limited to, families with children, older people, people with disabilities, service families and people wishing to build their own homes); and
  • caters for housing demand and the scale of housing supply necessary to meet this demand;  

The importance of the words “need and demand” (taken from National Planning Policy) is that the Isle of Wight Council is expected to plan for not only the needs of existing island residents, but also the demand from people moving to the island and any changes to household size due to the fact that people are getting older and families are getting smaller.

There are two stages to the report:

  •  A Stage 1 report that sets out the overall context and methodology.
  •  An update report complied following the release of updated national population forecasts issued by Government on 29 May 2014.  

Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2014 (PDF, 2.36Mb, 158 pages, June 2014); GL Hearn for the Isle of Wight Council.

Update Report 2014 (PDF, 595Kb, 39 pages, August 2014); GL Hearn for the Isle of Wight Council.

Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople

Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment

This background document provides up-to-date evidence about the accommodation needs to Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople and determines the extent to which the Isle of Wight Council needs to plant for the provision of permanent and transit sites to accommodate them. It also seeks to determine what is needed now, in the near future, and also to form a projected need for sites and pitches going forward until 2027.

Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment (PDF, 615.67Kb, 26 pages, 2015).

Gypsy and Traveller Study

Gypsy and Traveller Study (PDF, 11.85Mb, 29 pages, 2006); David Couttie Associates for Isle of Wight Council.

Green Infrastructure and Open Space

Settlement Coalescence Study

The study is intended to help the Council to consider the potential impact of development around key settlements, without increasing settlement coalescence to an unacceptable level.

Isle of Wight Settlement Coalescence Study (PDF, 12.1MB, 59 pages)

Green Infrastructure Mapping Study

This Study provides an introduction to the concept of Green Infrastructure (GI) and what this means for the Island. The study identifies the assets that the Island has and how they combine to create a comprehensive network. The work also includes an assessment of deficiencies and opportunities within the network, and will form the basis of the Island's approach to GI which will be developed through the Green Infrastructure Strategy SPD. It has also informed the preparation of the Core Strategy.

Green Infrastructure Mapping Study (PDF, 13.47Mb, 142 pages, July 2010); Halcrow for the Isle of Wight Council.

Open Space, Sport and Recreation Audit

The Open Space, Sport and Recreation Audit has undertaken a comprehensive Island-wide audit of the distribution, quantity and quality of the Isle of Wight’s open spaces, sport and recreation facilities (including an assessment of the open space and recreational needs of the local community) in accordance with the requisite Government guidance set out in Planning Policy Guidance 17 and its Companion Guide.

Open Space, Sport and Recreation Audit – Erratum Paper (PDF, 74Kb, 5 pages, December 2012).

Open Space, Sport and Recreation Audit (PDF, 6.95Mb, 118 pages, April 2010); Halcrow for the Isle of Wight Council.

Open Space Audit Appendices (PDF, 674Kb, 102 pages, April 2010).

Open Space Audit Consultation Strategy (PDF, 797Kb, 24 pages, August 2009).

The Open Space Audit maps are currently unavailable but will be added as soon as possible. However, if you would like to view any of the maps, please contact us, our details can be found in the contact tab please telephone or email by using the 'send a message to this service'.

Playing Pitch Assessment and Strategy

The Playing Pitch Assessment and Strategy for the Isle of Wight supplements the Open Space Audit and has been carried out in accordance with the requisite Government guidance set out in Planning Policy Guidance 17 and its Companion Guide.  It presents the findings of quality assessment of outdoor sports facilities, consultation with a wide range of user groups, data analysis and GIS mapping work.  This is a presentation of the facts that have emerged through the extensive research undertaken on the Island.

Playing Pitch Assessment and Strategy (PDF, 42.9Mb, 124 pages, February 2011); Halcrow for the Isle of Wight Council.

East Wight Landscape Character Assessment

This document was commissioned by the East Wight Landscape Partnership. It involves identification of features or combinations of elements that contribute to the character of the landscape. The assessment process then provides a clear and reasoned understanding of the issues affecting the landscape, enabling the appropriate recommendations for its future conservation and management.

East Wight Landscape Character Assessment (PDF, 9.7MB, 334 pages, May 2015); John Brownscombe for the East Wight Landscape Partnership.


Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)

The Council has replaced the first SFRA (published in November 2007) with an updated assessment, the SFRA Mk II published in June 2010.  Flood risk to people, property and infrastructure is an area that demonstrates particularly well the changing times we live in.  Since the first SFRA was published new data has been released, both at the local level and nationally through UKCP09.  This change in baseline data combined with the evolving allocation process associated with the Island Plan has prompted the need for an update.  It should be appreciated that while this assessment can make predictions of flood risk on the Island for the next 100 years, the baseline data on which this is based is a snapshot of the most current information at the time of publishing, but this will ultimately be superseded and require updating at some point in the future.

Please be aware that these documents are large in memory, particularly the mapped outputs (Appendices E to V), so may take some time to download.  We are however looking into the possibility of making this information more directly accessible through the Council website and will update this section should there be changes in how to access the SFRA.

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Mk II (PDF, 1.56Mb, 93 pages, June 2010); Entec for the Isle of Wight Council.

Appendix A – SFRA Mapping (PDF, 8.87Mb, 19 pages).

Appendix B – Tidal Climate Change Predictions (PDF, 1.84Mb, 2 pages).

Appendix C – SFRA GIS Dataset Descriptions (PDF, 313Kb, 7 pages).

Appendix D – Tables D1-D3 taken from PPS3 (PDF, 465Kb, 7 pages).

Appendix E – West Wight (PDF, 2.33Mb, 11 pages).

Appendix F – Yarmouth (PDF, 1.55Mb, 11 pages).

Appendix G – Brighstone (PDF, 1.41Mb, 9 pages).

Appendix H – Ventnor (PDF, 1.8Mb, 10 pages).

Appendix I – Wroxall (PDF, 960Kb, 7 pages).

Appendix J – The Bay (PDF, 2.22Mb, 12 pages).

Appendix K – Brading (PDF, 1.41Mb, 10 pages).

Appendix L – Bembridge (PDF, 1.98Mb, 11 pages).

Appendix M – St Helens (PDF, 1.78Mb, 11 pages).

Appendix N – Ryde (PDF, 2.16Mb, 11 pages).

Appendix O – Wootton (PDF, 1.91Mb, 11 pages).

Appendix P – Newport (PDF, 2.4Mb, 12 pages).

Appendix Q – Cowes & East Cowes (PDF, 2.18Mb, 12 pages).

Appendix R – Arreton (PDF, 1.03Mb, 7 pages).

Appendix S – Niton (PDF, 1.65Mb, 10 pages).

Appendix T – Chale (PDF, 1.5Mb, 11 pages).

Appendix U – Rookley (PDF, 1.08Mb, 6 pages).

Appendix V – Godshill (PDF, 1.14Mb, 7 pages).

Appendix W – Supporting SuDS Information (PDF, 449Kb, 10 pages).

Appendix X - Development Management - Standard Paragraphs (PDF, 372Kb, 19 pages).

Isle of Wight Council Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan Guidance

The Isle of Wight Council’s Emergency Management Team and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service’s Business Fire Safety Team have produced a guidance document to support developers and applicants who are required to produce and submit a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan as part of an application or a requirement of a planning condition or planning obligation.

This guidance document is intended for use by applicants and developers of both individual properties and larger premises, and for all types of development including new build and change of use. 

The purpose of this guide is to:

  • Set out when and why a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan is required in relation to the planning policy context.
  • Identify the aim and objectives of a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan.
  • Provide general guidance on the development of a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan.
  • Provide a template for the structure and content of a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan.
  • Provide additional sources of information to assist developers/applicants in developing a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan.

The Isle of Wight Council Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan Guidance document can be viewed by clicking here (PDF, 474KB, 19 pages).

Renewable Energy

Grid Connection Study

Grid Connection Study (PDF, 860Kb, 76 pages, March 2011); Grontmij for the Isle of Wight Council.

Heat Mapping Study

District heating systems can significantly contribute towards the Island’s targets to achieve the lowest carbon footprint in England. Provision of this heat by renewable or other low carbon fuels will result in a sustainable reduction in carbon emissions. The availability of a suitable source of heat will assist in obtaining high ratings under the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH).

The Isle of Wight Council is considering using the planning process to encourage the installation of district heating systems in new developments. These systems will then act as seeds allowing expansion and retrofitting of district heating to neighbouring existing domestic and commercial/industrial users.

Heat maps of the Island have been produced to identify those areas having the highest heat demand density, both currently and as predicted if potential development in the Medina Valley, Ryde and The Bay are realised. As would be expected, the areas having highest heat demand density are currently within urban areas.

Heat Mapping Study (PDF, 6.79Mb, 77 pages, August 2010); Grontmij for the Isle of Wight Council.

Wind Farm Search Areas

Wind Farm Search Areas (PDF, 13.81Mb, 88 pages, September 2008); URS for the Isle of Wight Council.


Isle of Wight - 2027 Local Plan Transport Impacts

The council commissioned Solent Transport to use the sub-regional transport model to update the Island Plan transport evidence base.

Isle of Wight - 2027 Local Plan Transport Impacts (PDF, 14.2MB, 85 pages, May 2015).

Newport Traffic Model

This report contains the modelling work from traffic impacts of development within the Medina Valley area, against the background of existing traffic use of the road network in and around Newport.

Chapters 4 and 5 of the original report have recently been updated and both the original and updated documents are available to download below:

Newport Traffic Model (PDF, 23.38Mb, 299 pages, January 2008).

Newport Traffic Model Update (PDF, 1.83Mb, 20 pages, 2010).

Strategic Highway Network Improvements for Newport

Strategic Highway Network Improvements for Newport – Cabinet Report (PDF, 73Kb, 6 pages, September 2010).

Sandown Airport

Evaluation and EIA Scoping of the Isle of Wight Airport (PDF, 5.53Mb, 102 pages, December 2007).


Assessment of Options for Waste Sites and Other Alternatives to Landfill on the Island, Site Options Report

Assessment of Options for Waste Sites and Other Alternatives to Landfill on the Island (PDF, 21.6Mb, 345 pages, September 2009); Entec for Isle of Wight Council.

Landfill Feasibility Study

The Isle of Wight Council commissioned Entec to carry out a Waste Sites Assessment – Feasibility Study of Shortlisted Landfill Sites.

Landfill Feasibility Study (PDF, 2.32Mb, 28 pages, July 2010).

Waste Needs Assessment

The Isle of Wight Council commissioned Entec to carry out a Waste Needs Assessment (Technical Modelling) and a subsequent Addendum to that report.

Waste Needs Assessment (PDF, 815Kb, 107 pages, December 2008).

Waste Needs Assessment Addendum (PDF, 553Kb, 37 pages, August 2009).

Waste Options Consultation Report

This report summarises the Council’s responses to the issues raised during the waste consultations undertaken in August and September 2009.  The Council is expecting responses to each of the queries where Entec has been identified as the lead respondent by the end of May 2010 and, as soon as this information is available, the table (Waste Sites Summary Document for Consultation Responses – Summary of Comments and the Council’s Response) will be updated.

Waste Options Consultation Report (PDF, 187Kb, 15 pages, February 2010).


Mineral Site Options

Assessment of the Potential for Mineral Sites on the Island, Site Options Report (PDF, 5.17Mb, 105 pages, October 2010); Entec for the Isle of Wight Council.

Assessment of the Potential for Mineral Sites on the Island, Site Options Report – Appendices C-F (PDF, 1.59Mb, 196 pages, October 2010); Entec for the Isle of Wight Council.