LAND USE - please comment to add your ideas

Please comment with your climate change ideas/feedback on Land Use, here are some ideas for actions you might want to consider; 

  • Researching the most effective, sustainable and balanced use of land and sea.
  • Exploring ways to maintain and maximise land and sea ecosystems, and the services they provide.
  • Investigating options to maximise carbon sequestration and habitat connectivity.

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by SaraIOMGov on September 19, 2019 at 11:49AM

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  • Posted by Nooni September 20, 2019 at 18:50

    Property developers should be looking at using land that is currently zoned for buildings, instead of always going for the bigger housing estates on the greenbelt. More trees should be planted, even if it's just to create plantations to cycle, walk or run around, it doesn't need to be extremely structured and seeds are easily found from the trees themselves, no need to spend a fortune on buying young trees at an extortionate cost.
  • Posted by Malcolm September 22, 2019 at 12:57

    Land use in the future must be able to demonstrate a positive impact for both the environment and in relation to sustainability.
    ‘A developer must be able to provide clear and concise evidence at planning stage that a proposed development will provide a positive environmental and sustainable impact in excess of the level provided by the current land use’ This alone will ensure that Developers look more at Brownfield sites on economic grounds. It should be noted that it isn’t impossible to develop a greenfield (which is already a man made development) with a more positive environmental impact than what is currently provided by the greenfield.
  • Posted by wjh September 23, 2019 at 23:36

    Building houses on greenfield sites need to be halted and the DOE should be curbed in its rush to increase the population. If new businesses are needed the first requirements should be that their products are eco-friendly and that the premises do not involve concreting over large tracts of land. Who needed the massive Jacksons car dealership, or a drive-in KFC & MacDonalds, or a Starbucks or Costa Coffee?! If more housing is needed those sites could have been put to better use. De-growth is the way to go :)
  • Posted by memnewb September 30, 2019 at 17:20

    It is important to maintain a significant agriculture sector on the Island so that we can continue to benefit from locally grown food that has not got too many food miles. Also food grown on the Island has to potential to be healthier for our populations. There are some really great growers and suppliers on the Island and this should be encouraged.
  • Posted by DocMills October 01, 2019 at 12:31

    Build wind-farms. The Island's only natural resource is wind - we have lots it. Time to cash in.
  • Posted by DocMills October 01, 2019 at 12:33

    Re-forest. The Island's woodland acreage is scandalously low (the worst in Europe?). Trees are a great carbon store.
  • Posted by paulweatherall October 02, 2019 at 11:44

    Land should be zoned for the installation of wind and solar farms, sufficient to replace the existing Pulrose gas fired generating plant
  • Posted by beachedtrout October 04, 2019 at 16:41

    Remove the grazing rights for upland areas and allow them to re-wild; with an archeologically supporting planting programme in the early stages. Our hills are not naturally the barren places we see today, they are a product of the grazing we have allowed to happen over generations and in the state they're in now, they cannot support the wetter projections of our future. Look at any space where large grazing species have been excluded for whatever reason; the road edges on parts of the mountain road are a good example. They show how the protective grass base supports ambitious shrub and tree species; although in that area it is a false dawn as they're mown to the ground when they infringe on our prevailing view of what safe is.
    Permitting the growth of foundation plant species not only stabilises the land, it controls the manner in which water is released from it, helping frustrate accelerated run-off.
  • Posted by Manxie59 October 10, 2019 at 18:04

    Good comment above, agree entirely. More tree planting on the uplands would help with flood management as well. Trees are an excellent way to capture carbon but it takes many years for them to grow to a size where they are doing it in a substantial way, so lets get on with it!

    I'd like to say that our gov'ts policy of increasing the Island's population is highly flawed for a number of reasons:-
    1) More people means more land needed to house them & where is the local BIG developer building these houses - on agricultural land which is needed for growing 'local' food, meanwhile we continue importing a dozen+? large containers loads of food a day......has the carbon cost of that been calculated?
    2) If the worst scenario happens the IoM is going to become a smaller island as it's coastline disappears under rising sea levels - this may sound like a joke to some but the Greenland ice sheet (land based ice) is already melting far faster than the scientists have predicted
    3) A bigger population means more demand for energy, resources, cars (more emissions as EVs will only be small in numbers for many years & charged from a 'gas fired' power plant?)
    4) The existing population will multiply anyway.

    One other thing on land use - let's have an onshore windfarm, our grid can take about 8-10 2MW turbines, not exactly covering the Island with them, is it? A wind developer would install maintain them as long as they get a descent strike price
  • Posted by NoMoreFossilFeul October 11, 2019 at 04:03

    Follow the lead of other juristicions on sustainable development. Wales has already done great work with its One Planet Development. Please review it at http://www.oneplanetcouncil.org.uk/about/ it allows for more flexibility to allow people to live on their own land that they work on.
  • Posted by Raindrop October 12, 2019 at 19:53

    Something a bit left-field in the 1960's after the tourist numbers took a bit of a dip and everyone started to leave the Island (probably around 66) the Isle of Man came up with a unique scheme to encourage tourism. For every tourist that came to the Island the Govt planted a tree. There was, I believe, name badges on each tree. The trees were already going to be planted so it was just a nice thing to do. So... let's do that again.
  • Posted by Griffdog October 13, 2019 at 14:27

    we need to keep planting trees - possibly even community fruit trees to keep people engaged and use road verges etc for local wild flowers to provide corridors for the insects our farmers need for pollination. Solar farms should not be discouraged as they too can be a haven for wildlife.
  • Posted by JandGlover October 15, 2019 at 14:42

    Encouragement should be given to local authorities to create 'community farm and garden spaces'. They could be on a large grand scale with raised beds, orchards, greenhouses and sheds where land was available. In parishes with only small areas of land, they could create 'produce pockets' - designating each pocket to a specific crop e.g. herbs, berry bushes, peas etc . As they would be community spaces, people would be encouraged to help maintain the areas and literally reap the rewards. Being out in the fresh air gives health benefits to people and picking local reduces their carbon footprint.
  • Posted by FHorning October 15, 2019 at 22:34

    This is a big topic as it sets the system in place which steers behaviour in transport, building insulation, utilities, public services and so on.

    The Area Plans should dedicate much less space on Green Field sites. Suburban sprawl makes public transport and active travel less effective, encourages car ownership and makes our town centres less vibrant. Utilities and public services have to reach farther, making them more costly.
    Building densities around Douglas town centre should be allowed to increase if an rise in population is sought.
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