Isle of Man to require low-carbon heating in planning permissions from January

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The Isle of Man will require all planning applications for new buildings to include low-carbon heating systems from 1st January 2024.

The Isle Of Man government had considered rolling out the rules as early as this month, but will now start in January, the BBC in the region has reported.

The decision follows a consultation earlier this year. The island has ambitions to be one of the leading low-carbon regions, having committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom and is ‘self-governing with its own independent legal, administrative and fiscal systems’.

Under the new rules, developers with previously approved planning applications for homes that had not yet installed the systems would need to re-apply for permission to put in an alternative from January.

The government spokesman said the change was in preparation for a full ban on fossil fuel boilers in new properties, which will come into force a year later. The Isle of Man builds around 200 new homes a year.

From then, it would be “illegal to install a fossil fuel heating system in new buildings and extensions, including where planning permission or building control had already been granted,” the spokesman told the BBC.

Climate Change Transformation Board chairwoman Daphne Caine said: “Rejecting plans in 2024 will allow for a transition period, meaning we don’t continue to grant approval for new buildings with fossil fuel heating systems in the lead up to the ban in 2025.”