The Island Plan

Background, Process and Next steps

The Island Planning Strategy

The Island Planning Strategy sets out how the council’s planning decisions could contribute to achieving the council’s  vision for the Isle of Wight. It will deal with future needs and opportunities in relation to infrastructure, homes, jobs and businesses, community facilities and the environment. It will also set out the principles that will guide future development, including housing and employment land.

It will make sure you and your family get the homes you need plus all the services, facilities and amenities that great communities are built on, while protecting and enhancing what you love about living in the area.

Why the draft Island Planning Strategy important

You live in a popular area set in a great location which means people want to live here, whether they grew up here or not,   and we are required to meet their needs. We also have a growing population so the plan will make sure the growth:

  • happens in the right place;

  • fits in with the character of the Island; and 

  • is developed alongside the right supporting roads, schools, services, retail, leisure and community facilities.

Not having a plan means that the growth will still happen, but we will have less control over where it happens and it we cannot ensure growth is supported by transport improvements and community facilities.

In this consultation draft, some of the headline numbers we are planning for are:

  • Homes: 641 new homes per year; 

  • Jobs: 30 hectares allocated for employment uses over six sites; 

  • Transport: Road and rail improvements including nearly 8 ½ miles of new cycle tracks proposed; 

  • Services: 1.3 per cent of the Island proposed for residential and employment designation; and  

  • Countryside: 28 sites identified by the local communities designated as local green space and 1 new Dark Skies Park supported.

Why the Island Planning Strategy a priority for the council

Producing a plan is a priority for us for a number of reasons. The government is clear that local authorities are expected to have up-to-date plans in place to guide development within their area to plan for the infrastructure, homes and jobs that our residents need.

Having an up-to-date plan in place also means that we retain control over where development should be located rather than it being delivered in an ad hoc way as a result of speculative development, sometimes without sufficient benefit to local communities.

How the Island Planning Strategy been developed

The Plan has been informed by a number of new independent evidence studies. These look at issues such as population, housing, employment, retail and flooding.

We’ve also considered existing, potential and new transport infrastructure e.g. roads and railways, so that growth and transport infrastructure go hand–in-hand. We have also looked at the wider need for infrastructure including schools and flood defence.

What the consultation is about

We have done the research but now we need your input and will be listening to the community with a consultation taking place from 9am Monday 3 December 2018. We want to know what you think about:

  • Where we will build the new homes that our growing population needs; 
  • How we plan for local jobs and services; 
  • how our roads and other transport networks can cope in the future;
  • the impact of planning on the countryside and  the use of brownfield sites; 
  • how we keep the character of the Isle of Wight.

What happens after the consultation

We will review all responses and make changes to the  Island Planning Strategy. This will be submitted to government, where it will be examined independently by a planning inspector.  If successful, the Island Plan will be adopted as a major planning document that all future Island development will be guided by.

The Island Planning Strategy process

The stages the Island Planning Strategy goes through are clearly set out in the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) legislation, and further guidance is given in the Local Plans section of the national planning practice guidance .


The process chart (PDF, 105KB, 1 Page) simplifies this and shows the stages of the Island Planning Strategy process, highlighting where we are.