The Department of Infrastructure has been working in partnership with representatives from the local construction industry to publish a new Planning Charter.
The Charter has been agreed as a way of supporting the continued smooth operation of the planning system and ensuring that decisions are made in a timely manner.
It aims to strike the right balance between encouraging economic growth and protecting the environment and quality of life for Island residents.
The launch of the Planning Charter is the result of two years of collaborative working between the Isle of Man Government and the Construction Industry Forum.
The new agreement sets out a series of expectations on how the planning service deals with applications and highlights the responsibilities of the Department of Infrastructure and potential applications or agents in the process.
Launched yesterday (Tuesday 10 June 2014) by Infrastructure Minister Laurence Skelly MHK and Stan Yellop, Chairman of the Construction Industry Forum, the Planning Charter also seeks to promote a positive and consistent approach to managing development proposals.
It outlines how an emerging development proposal is dealt with, from the pre-application discussions through to the submission and determination of a planning application.
While the Planning Charter is an agreement between the Government and construction industry, the principles contained in it represent a sound basis on which the planning process can work for everyone.
Minister Skelly said: ‘Through its planning service, the Department of Infrastructure plays an important role in helping to deliver the national priority of securing future economic growth. We are responsible for providing the foundations to support a strong, stable and productive economy that attracts investment and provides jobs for our people. A streamlined and collaborative planning application system is key to promoting economic growth, while ensuring that development takes into account environmental and social considerations.’
He added: ‘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.’
Stan Yellop commented: ‘The Construction Industry Forum first approached the Department of Infrastructure two years ago and 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.’
The Planning Charter can be viewed on the Government website at http://www.gov.im/categories/planning-and-building-control/planning-building-control-library/publications-and-guides/
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