Councillor Says New Planning Rules Heavy Handed

hugh town from garrisonAn islands’ Councillor says that new rules, which could mean a two-year prison sentence for anyone who demolishes buildings without permission, are heavy handed.

From April next year, if you knock down a structure in a conservation area, you could face that maximum penalty.

Cllr Gordon Bilsborough told the planning meeting that the change was “a backwards step” if it was an unsightly property that was being levelled.

Chief Planner Craig Dryden said the new national changes under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act are to prevent unsightly gaps in areas. And he said it was good news for the Council.

At the moment you need Conservation Area consent to knock down a building in Scilly and that is free.

In the future, the planning consent required will mean you’ll have to pay the Town Hall when you request permission.

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