Press release: Rosewell Inquiry Review – Update

first_imgThe Planning Inspectorate is continuing to make good progress with taking forward the recommendations in the Independent Review of Planning Appeal Inquiries and have now begun increasing the number of inquiry appeals being placed into this new way of working. There are clear benefits in progressing with implementing some of the recommendations and we thought it would be helpful to all concerned to explain our reasons.To begin with, there can be little doubt that the principal thrust of the Review – to significantly shorten the time between receipt of an inquiry appeal and its final decision – is a significant improvement. To this end, we have been able to appoint more Inspector resource to inquiry appeals, than was envisaged in March when we announced the “pilot”, which has enabled us to bring most of these appeals into the process.Some parties to the appeals have questioned why we have imposed inquiry dates when informing them of the ‘Start’ of the appeal and the name of the appointed Inspector. These letters are sent to the appeal parties as soon as possible after receipt of an inquiry appeal and have generally set the inquiry date to be between 13-16 weeks of the ‘Start’ date. This has been a significant innovation of the new process and provides the parties with clarity as to timescales from the outset.To implement the recommendations of the Rosewell Review we must move away from our “bespoke” arrangements which gave specific provision for the parties to agree an inquiry date after an appeal had been submitted. Instead, now we are taking the lead in setting an inquiry date at the earliest opportunity, and this has led some parties to ask if there could be a degree of flexibility after the date had been fixed, or whether they could be given time to negotiate a new date.We appreciate that this new procedure, for affected appeals, is very different to the way inquiry appeals were managed previously, and that some of the recommendations may be challenging, for everyone involved in the appeal. But it would be difficult to deny the significant advantages that an early inquiry date – and thus an early decision date – will bring to all concerned with the process. We will of course consider whether wholly exceptional circumstances are demonstrated by the parties to explain the unreasonableness of the inquiry date that has been set, but at the same time momentum must be maintained if the Review is to pay the dividends it promises.The inquiry dates that are now being set give confidence to expect that those appeals will be decided in accordance with the timescales set out in Recommendation 21 of the Rosewell Report.last_img read more

Factory to Produce Plastic Products Opens

first_imgLiberians have for several years, especially since hostilities subsided in the country at the end of the civil-war, craved for the establishment of factories that would help to address unemployment, and now DuraPlast Liberia Incorporated, has officially opened a multimillion dollar factory in the country.  This state of the art factory is the first large scale manufacturing facility in the country and it will be producing various types of plastic products including, buckets, plastic crates, coolers, water pouch, kettle, baby set, laundry buckets, tables and chairs.  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf officially cut the ribbon to declare the factory open last Saturday at its Jamaica Road plant. Prominent among senior government officials present at the occasion were Speaker Alex Tyler, Rep. Saah Joseph, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly and GSA Director Madam Mary T. Broh.In her remarks during the opening ceremony, President Sirleaf said the government is committed to setting up the environment, formulating strategies and making the law to attract investors that would help in building the Liberian economy.  She urged the commercial people, the industrial people and individual citizens to take advantage of the environment created by her government to play their part in building the economy.   The Liberian leader called on consumers to promote Liberian owned businesses and not turn their back on Liberian goods on the market, adding, “Do not leave Liberian products and start buying other imported products.”  President Sirleaf said she was pleased to see Liberians involved in doing their own businesses and called on the management of DuraPlast Liberia Incorporated to focus on training Liberians to serve as managers in the future.  “All those who want to see Liberianization must do their part and not just sit to see things happening. We can create the condition for Liberians to do business by providing opportunities for businesses to grow especially Liberian businesses,” she declared.  According to her, investors, the business people and the government ministries must continue to work and remain committed to playing their role within the atmosphere created by the government.  On behalf of the company management, Jay S. Khanija provided a historical overview and said the construction of the factory started more than three years ago.  He said the factory currently produces 250 different plastic products and has 600 employees.  Khanija noted: “We are committed to ensure that there are cordial working relationship at the factory.”   In an official statement by the Rubber Dishes Dealers Association of Liberia (RUDDAL), Mr. George W. Kumakeh explained that over the years there has been statements attributed to Liberia that Liberians do not know business of which the trend is changing, since many Liberians are now educated and are in colleges studying business entrepreneurship.  “Today we have seen our dream come to pass. It is a great thing that God has done for this country and we believe that he will do more for this nation,” he said.  According to Mr. Kumakeh during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus the management of DuraPlast did not add a dime to the cost of its products, and used the occasion to commend the management.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more