Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Calls for tighter land controls for developers

Tighter controls should be imposed on developers to ensure open areas between houses are looked after, according to a Manx House of Keys representative.

South Douglas MHK Bill Malarkey has asked Tynwald to discover whether the unadopted spaces revert to the Treasury if a developer ceases trading.

He said residents can have difficulty discovering who is responsible for pruning trees and mowing verges.

He claimed builders should be required to sell all areas of private estates.

Mr Malarkey said: "If a builder buys a field and then develops a field he needs to make sure that he's allocated every part of that field to somebody.

"If a builder does leave pockets he can't be allowed to just walk away and let it become somebody else's problem."

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