Isle of Man planning policy requires the submission of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for applications above 30 homes.
Stephenson Halliday coordinated the EIA and planning services for an outline application comprising 130 dwellings, a care home and sheltered housing in Castletown. The strategic site will contribute to the housing needs of Castletown. The location was an unallocated greenfield site. We also provided landscape architecture services and input to the concept masterplan, ensuring it would sit in the landscape and provide a soft buffer with heritage assets also identified as a key design factor during initial feasibility work, and prepared the landscape and visual impact assessment chapter as part of the EIA. The Isle of Man does not have a formal scoping process; however, to agree information to be included within the EIA, we coordinated and prepared a scoping report. Similarly, a public exhibition was not a requirement but was coordinated and attended by us to gather public and consultee comments to feed into the design of the concept masterplan. The iterative design process was continued throughout the evolution of the application and the final concept reflected identified constraints and comments received during pre-application consultation. Our work coordinating the preparation of a full EIA included a review of all chapters, the compilation of introductory chapters and a non-technical summary and ensuring the timescale for production was met and work undertaken to budget. We also prepared a planning statement, setting out a detailed assessment of how the proposal accorded with applicable planning policy and highlighted relevant material considerations.