An application for an amended plan for a dwelling in Port Erin provoked objections from the local authority on November 18 because it is 11 years since the original plan was submitted.
The plan (14/01262/B by Mr P Christopher) is for ‘variation of condition two of PA 08/01773/B erection of a three storey dwelling … (comprising amendments to PA 03/00897/B) to extend period of permission at The Boathouse site adjacent to Shore House, Shore Road.’
Phil Crellin said: ‘It’s giving somebody open ended planning permission. From 10 or 11 years ago what’s acceptable now changes, the open environment changes.’
He said they should: ‘Turn it down and reapply.’
Nick Watterson said: ‘People are crying out for properties to be built. For it (the site) to sit there and let something we thought would be developed 11 years ago go by and let it go with a nod and no thought. I think we should say: “No and reapply”.’
Mr Power said the gesture might ‘inspire quicker action and get it smartened up.’
Mr Watterson said it might, ‘make people think about leaving it in that state for a long time. If coercion comes from it, so be it.’
Mr Crellin proposed they object to this policy of ‘continually renewing planning applications’ over an 11-year period. He was seconded by Mr Watterson.