Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 11-06-2014

Speeding up the planning process

by Joanne Clague

Speeding up the planning process - picture

Measures to streamline the planning system have been agreed between the construction industry and the government.


A new Planning Charter has been published that will ensure decisions are made 'in a timely manner', says the Department of Infrastructure, while aiming to strike the right balance between encouraging economic growth and protecting the environment and quality of life for island residents.


Infrastructure Minister Laurence Skelly said: 'The view that the planning system somehow hinders development is a total myth. In fact, the vast majority of planning applications over the past 10 years have been approved. The new Planning Charter will enhance the process for all parties and is another excellent example of Government working closely with the private sector.'


The Construction Industry Forum first approached the government two years ago. The forum's Stan Yellop said: 'We are pleased that good progress has been achieved. The Planning Charter recognises that the successful delivery of development requires a commitment to partnership working and effective communication between Government, developers and the community.


'This agreement is a positive step and the construction industry looks forward to contributing to the future prosperity of the Island through well-designed, high-quality and sustainable development.'



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