Have you read the Planning and the Economy Consultation document? Even to a layperson such as myself it appears to be very poorly drafted. It contains too many ambiguous statements and little real detail. It was, therefore, pleasing to read the response from The Committee of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society in The Examiner.
They point out that the phrase ‘social and environmental sustainability’ is unclear and go on to query how the quality of a design is to be measured. Furthermore, there are no references to protection of the countryside and natural environment etc. The society also query the housing of ‘high net-worth individuals.’ And so on.
The impression is that it’s carte blanche for any form of development, with few quantifiable controls. How do we weigh up supposed economic benefits against countryside desecration?
It’s doubtful that this is the brainchild of any DED members. It appears to be another copy and paste job. They are so predictable. https://freeasthysweetmountainair.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/uk-law-automatically-adopted-in-the-iom/
It seems to me that the property guide in this week’s paper contains absolutely no references to homeless billionaires on a hopelessly futile search for suitable dwellings. Where are the facts and figures? You don’t suppose certain building companies might benefit from this do you? We have our Heritage to consider after all.