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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

"Is Construction Hold Up A De-population Ploy?"

Construction industry ‘hit by longer Planning waiting times’

Architect Mike Waddington says that there are more planning delays
 
Architect Mike Waddington says that there are more planning delays

WAITING times for major planning applications have almost doubled since Environment Minister Rob Duhamel took office, with £150 million worth of construction stuck in the pipeline, according to an Island architect.

Mike Waddington says that applications submitted by his firm are taking an average of 10.6 months to get through Planning, compared to 5.6 months under the previous minister, former Senator Freddie Cohen.

And Mr Waddington says that after talking to other architects and others in the construction industry, he estimates that £150 million worth of much-needed construction work is being held up.

Deputy Duhamel was not available to comment.

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