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Developing land on the Isle of Man to be 'encouraged'

A new report on the Isle of Man's planning process aims to encourage more development of land.

The government is asking for public feedback on a policy to free up more land for development.

The government report said the new system would also insist on a high "quality of design".

Infrastructure minister David Cretney said he wanted an efficient planning system to promote development while protecting the countryside.

He added: "In the national interest, it is important that planning officers, the planning committee and planning inspectors adopt a positive and constructive approach to determining planning applications and appeals for economic development".

It is hoped the new system, which has gone out to public consultation, will mean closer working ties between planners and the department of economic development.

The report states: "Proposals will be considered on their merits bearing in mind the Development Plan and the need to protect the island's unique character, natural environment and quality of life".

Public feedback on the report must be submitted to the department of infrastructure before 3 April.

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