Emerging Island Planning Strategy

We are preparing a new local plan, called the Island Planning Strategy, to replace the Island Plan Core Strategy. 

The Island Planning Strategy (IPS) is used to guide development on the island over the next 15 years. The plan is developed by ourselves in consultation with the local community. It will deal with future needs and opportunities in relation to:

  • Environment
  • Community
  • Growth
  • Housing
  • Economy
  • Transport

We undertook a public consultation on this draft version of the Island Planning Strategy in 2021 following a previous public consultation in 2018.

The public consultation closed on Friday 1 October 2021. All comments received have been reviewed in detail. Some of the headlines from the comments received can be read in the IPS consultation update December 2021. A full summary of all of the comments can be read in the Reg 18 draft IPS (August and September 2021).

 A decision was made at the Extraordinary Meeting of Full Council on Wednesday, 5 October, 2022, 6pm not to publish the Regulation 19 submission version of the IPS for public consultation that was presented to that meeting. At Full Council on Wednesday, 16 November, 2022, 6.00 pm, a motion was agreed to ask Cabinet to consider a number of changes to the draft IPS. 

A revised Regulation 19 version of the IPS was reviewed at the Policy and Scrutiny Committee for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration on Tuesday 12 December 2023 at 5pm.

The IPS was due to be considered at Cabinet and Full Council in January 2024, however the publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on 19 December 2023 means that these decisions have been delayed whilst the Council consider the changes in the new NPPF.

Should the IPS be agreed at Full Council in 2024, the plan and supporting evidence base will be published for a 6 week period of public representation before the plan, supporting evidence and any comments made during the consultation are submitted to the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State will then appoint an independent Planning Inspector to carry out a public examination of the plan, evidence base and comments made.

Download a timeline of the various consultation and engagement events for the Draft IPS (PDF, 128KB)