THE planning inquiry into Heritage Homes’ application for 95 dwellings in Kirk Michael has been postponed.
It was due to start again on October 4.
However, planning inspector David Hollis has been taken ill. After major surgery, he has told the government’s chief secretary that he is now unable to finish the case.
The Council of Ministers appointed Mr Hollis.
He began to hear the case on July 24. He had to decide whether the controversial application was ‘substantially the same’ as Heritage Homes’ previous application for the area, which the Council of Ministers rejected.
Mr Hollis could not complete the hearing in July because one of Heritage Homes’ witnesses was unable to attend as he was taken ill and ‘due to issues that needed to be explored’.
Mr Hollis said he intended to retire but that he would finish his interim report for the Council of Ministers covering how similar the application was to the rejected one.
Heritage Homes’ proposal includes developing part of the existing school field. In return a new school field and playground would be created elsewhere.
The government hopes that a new inspector will be appointed soon.
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