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New proposals to deal with dilapidated buildings and unsightly land

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The Department of Infrastructure is seeking to introduce new measures to deal with dilapidated properties and unsightly land in the Isle of Man.

A public consultation has been launched today (Tuesday 10 November 2015) to gather feedback on the Local Government and Building Control (Amendment) Bill.

The proposals are aimed at enhancing the management and control of land and buildings that have a detrimental impact on the appearance of local communities.

The Bill includes the introduction of £100 fixed penalty notices and an increase to £5,000 in the maximum fine that can be imposed by the courts for failing to comply with a statutory notice to carry out improvements.

Additional powers will mean that owners and occupiers not only have to remedy the original problem, but also take action to ensure their building or land is properly maintained to avoid the issue reoccurring.

The new provisions are also intended to deal with circumstances where whole areas may be run down because of the unsightly appearance of several neighbouring properties or gardens.

In addition, the legislative changes will allow local authorities to take pre-emptive action, rather than having to wait for land to deteriorate to such an extent that it becomes a serious problem.

Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne MHK said:

‘Government’s investment in regeneration projects is continuing to have a positive impact on the appearance of our towns and villages. Unfortunately there are still pockets of neglected buildings and land that undermine efforts to revitalise local communities and their economies.’

He added:

‘The Department has been working in partnership with local authorities and these proposals reflect a common desire to tackle this issue.’

The consultation documents are available on the Government website at / and responses should be sent to Roy Corlett, Legislation Manager, Strategy, Policy and Performance Division, Department of Infrastructure, Sea Terminal, Douglas, IM1 2RF or email: 

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 22 December 2015.

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