Voice opinions in development

The prominence you gave to Mrs. Janet Walker’s important letter (issue 4 March, 2008 – ‘Planning laws are inadequate’) has apparently not invoked a single response.

I believe many citizens are disillusioned with the regulation of development and planning, which made a promising start in 1971 but has now developed into an aesthetically barren bureaucratic building code.

Filing objections to planning applications can be costly as professional advice is usually necessary.

A lot of indifference to planning proposals stems from the retrogressive amendment, which were made to Development and Planning Law in 2002, which were designed to muzzle objectors. The result is that major developments are being launched without adequate opportunity for objection.

The Law, however, does not prevent citizens from filing objections to any development and the Planning Authority is bound to consider objections regardless of how near or far the objector is from the site of the proposed development.

One of the most important functions of the Planning Authority is to hold the balance between t hose who wish to develop the whole of Grand Cayman without regard to the environmental and social consequences and those citizens who wish development to be limited to a sustainable level and sympathetic to the landscape and cultural heritage of the Island.

The present Law was enacted on the premise that the Planning Authority would act independently of Government, which has not been the case in many important decisions where the developer reaches an understanding with the Government before the planning application is made.

I recommend you readers to study developments that affect them and have their say.

C. Charles Adams