Castletown Residential Led Urban Extension
Isle of Man planning policy requires the submission of an EIA for applications above 30 homes.
Stephenson Halliday were appointed to provide EIA co-ordination and planning services for an outline application comprising 130 dwellings, care home and sheltered housing in Castletown.
This strategic site seeks to contribute to the identified housing requirement in Castletown and is an unallocated greenfield site. We were also appointed to provide landscape architecture services and provided both input to the concept masterplan, to ensure that the development would sit within the landscape and provide a soft buffer with heritage assets also identified as a key design factor during initial feasibility work, and prepared the LVIA 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 which set out assessments to be undertaken and corresponding methodology. Similarly, a public exhibition was not a requirement but was coordinated and attended by Stephenson Halliday 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 review of all chapters, compilation of introductory chapters and Non-Technical Summary, as well as 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.