Southern Plan update soon promises Minister

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THE Southern Area Plan will be brought to Tynwald very soon, the Minister in charge assured MHKs.

Infrastructure Minister David Cretney, replying to a question from David Quirk (Onchan), told the House of Keys that his department was currently reviewing representations received following a public consultation, which ran from June 7 to 29, on the proposed modifications to the area plan for the South.

‘Once they have been reviewed and assessed, any required final changes will be made. Following this, the plan will be adopted by the department and then move via Council of Ministers to Tynwald for approval. At this stage I am not able to specify when this final stage will take place but I am hopeful that it will be undertaken very soon.’

Mr Quirk asked: ‘Does he think the process has taken much too long?’

Mr Cretney replied: ‘A number of elements of planning do take a long time. I understand the frustration of honourable members and it is my clear intention to try and speed up that process in order to facilitate and work with all sectors for the benefit of the Isle of Man and its economy.’

He ruled out having special planning orders brought forward ahead of the Southern Area Plan being adopted.

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