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Town and Country Planning Act (No. 14 of 1968)

The Act makes provision for the orderly and progressive development of land in both urban and rural areas and to preserve and for the grant of permission to develop land in Barbados.

Active transparency (Section 17(3)

The Chief Town Planner shall keep a register containing such information as may be prescribed, with respect to applications for planning permission made to him, including information as to the manner in which such applications have been dealt with. Every register shall be available for inspection by the public at all reasonable hours.

Participation in plans, programmes and policies (Sections 8, 9 and 27)

Development plans: The Chief Town Planner may, during the preparation of a development plan relating to any land or of any proposals for alterations or additions, consult such persons or bodies as he thinks fit. Before approving any development plan or proposals for the amendment, the Minister shall cause to be published in three issues of the Oficial Gazette and of at least one newspaper published in the Island a notice (a) stating that a development plan, or proposals for the amendment of such a plan, have been prepared; (b) naming the place or places where copies of the plan may be inspected and purchased by the public; and (c) stating the time (being not less than 28 days from the last publication of such notice) within which objections or representations may be made. Where any objection or representation is made, the Minister shall by instrument in writing appoint a person to hold on his behalf a public enquiry into the objection or representation and shall, before approving the plan or proposals, consider the objection or representation together with the report thereon of the person holding the public enquiry. Notice shall be published in three issues of the Gazette and of at least one newspaper published in the Island of the approval of a development plan and copies of such plan or proposals shall be made available for inspection and purchase by the public.

Tree preservation orders: Before an order is made, a notice shall be published once in the Official Gazette and at intervals of not less than four days in at least three issues of a newspaper published in the Island, and state the grounds on which the Minister intends to make the order. The notice shall also state that objections and representations may be made in writing to the Minister within such period as may be specified in the notice being not less than 28 days from its publication. Every objection or representation received shall be considered before an order is made.

Right to appeal (Sections 21(3), 71 and 72)

Any person dissatisfied in point of law with the decision of the Chief Town Planner on an application made on whether a planning permission is required, may, in accordance with any rules of court, appeal against the decision to a Judge in chambers and, thereafter, to the Court of Appeal against the decision of the Judge.

Any person aggrieved by a development plan or by an amendment of a development plan, who desires to question the validity thereof or of any provision contained therein on the grounds that it is not within the powers of this Act or that any requirement of this Act or of any regulations has not been complied with in relation to the approval or preparation of the plan or, as the case may be, in relation to the making of the amendment may, within six weeks from the date on which the notice is published in the Gazette make an application to the High Court in accordance with any rules of court. The same right applies to question the validity of certain orders, decisions and directions.