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RTPI President Enjoys Visit 12 July 2004

The President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Mr Mike Hayes, and members of the North West Branch of the Institute visited the Island on 7th and 8th July 2004 as guests of the Department of Local Government and Environment.

Speaking at the end of his visit, which involved discussions with Branch Members working in the Island, including the Department’s Planning Officers, members of the Planning Committee and other senior Government officials, Mr Hayes said:

"Visiting the Island for the first time in over 30 years I was struck by its obvious prosperity. There has been investment in many buildings and new infrastructure. I really enjoyed visiting the Villa Marina and was impressed by the way Meary Veg (the new Sewerage Treatment Plant) fits into the landscape and with the striking designs of the Energy-from-Waste facility and the new power station in Douglas.

It was also good to see care being taken in conserving the best of the past. The Gaiety Theatre is a gem and both Peel and Castletown are really impressive Conservation Areas.

The Island’s small group of Planners are facing up to the many challenges with energy and enthusiasm. We have to live with the results of bad planning for a long time. If the Island is to create a really sustainable future in the whole community it must ensure that all those who work in and support the planning service have the skills and resources to do the good job this beautiful place deserves and needs."

Ian McCauley, the Department’s Director of Planning and Building Control added:

“We were very pleased when the President and our colleagues from the North West Branch of the Planning Institute accepted the invitation to visit the Island. Their interest and enthusiasm for what we are doing on the Island was evident throughout their visit and very gratifying. We benefited from discussing a wide range of planning issues and from their experience and perspective. But they were also interested in the differences between the Manx and UK planning systems. We are looking forward to building on these professional links as we look to the future.”

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