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Planners Propose Cuts in “Red Tape” to allow residents more freedom to alter their homes 20 June 2011

Already some types of small scale development may be carried without the need to apply for planning permission – this is known as ‘permitted development’.

The Department of Infrastructure is seeking the public’s views on proposals to amend the Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development) Order 2005. These will increase the amount of development that can be undertaken, without the need to apply for permission for householders and also by the Government within certain sites it owns such as the hospital, National Sports Centre, Douglas Outer Harbour or the Prison at Jurby.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Phil Gawne, MHK explained that

“Hopefully this will reduce red tape and will help to stimulate the economy further and provide a welcome boost to the local construction industry by making it easier for residents to improve their homes.”

David Quirk, MHK, Chairman of the Planning Committee went on to add:

“The current permitted development rights need to be reviewed. As currently framed they can delay or even prevent certain types of uncontentious development from being undertaken unless a planning application is submitted. A considerable amount of time and resource is expended by applicants and Government in submitting and determining applications of a minor nature. These proposals will save residents time and money and will free up a lot of the Department’s resources to enable it to continue working with other Government Departments on delivering strategic goals and improving services to the public.”

The Department welcomes responses from anyone, on these proposed amendments to the Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development ) Order 2005. We are encouraging everyone to respond using the structured online questionnaire which can be accessed at All comments should be submitted to via the website no later than 5.00pm on Monday 15th August 2011.

To obtain a copy of the consultation document and draft Order, please contact, write to her at Planning & Building Control Division, Department of Infrastructure, Murray House, Mount Havelock, Douglas, IM1 2SF, or access the link above.

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