Isle of Man News - POSTED Mon 04-09-2017

Candidates sought for planning committee vacancies

by LC

Candidates with knowledge of the Island and a willingness to serve in public life are sought for positions on the Planning Committee.

The Planning Committee meets fortnightly, usually on a Monday morning, when it considers an average of 10 planning applications.

Members are appointed for terms of up to five years. Two members’ terms are expiring.

Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, said: ‘The Planning Committee performs an important role in public life and its decisions impact on people’s lives and livelihoods.

‘Committee members must be keen to do their best for the Island and must be capable of understanding policy, seeing subjects from all angles and acting impartially. They must be resilient, given the high profile planning has, and be confident dealing with complex and emotive issues.

‘While no formal qualifications are needed, it’s desirable that applicants have knowledge of the Island and experience in the private, public or third sectors or working with groups.’

Committee members receive an induction and ongoing support. Planning policy, legislation and standing orders guide their work.

On appointment, they must complete a register of interests – e.g. property they own, businesses they run – so conflicts of interest can be avoided.

Agendas are sent out in advance and can involve considerable preparatory reading. In accordance with the Government’s Digital Strategy, Planning makes full use of online services and members can use this for their reading and research.

Committee members are provided with an allowance of £78 per session plus travelling expenses.

Committee members cannot be Members of Tynwald or local authorities.

For an information pack about planning committee membership and an application form, visit https://www.gov.im/categories/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications/planning-committee-meetings/planning-committee-membership/, email planning@gov.im or ring 01624 685910.

Details of the job can also be found at https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/iomgovjobs/default.aspx

Please use reference number DOEF-05734 in the key word search option.

Application forms should be returned to DEFA, Thie Slieau Whallian, Foxdale Road, St John’s, IM4 3AS or emailed to planning@gov.im by 28th September 2017 and can be accompanied by a CV.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place during October 2017.

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