If someone appeals against a planning decision, a Tribunal of three may be selected from the Planning Panel.
One member of the Panel is an experienced planning inspector, the other two are members of the public with relevant experience.
The Tribunal makes a decision based on the evidence, facts and material which was before the Development and Planning Authority when it made its decision.
From time to time, the Planning Panel will advertise for new members to replace someone who has stepped down. Appointments are for six years.
As a lay member of the Panel, it would be helpful to have a relevant professional background in, say, construction or property management. But you might also simply have a strong personal interest in the development of the Island.
As with all tribunals, you will need to enjoy studying and interpreting complex information to pinpoint the key facts of the case.
The time commitment varies but most cases need half a day of pre-reading, a day for the hearing itself and another day to review the draft decision.
As only three members of the nine-person Panel sit on each Tribunal, you will not be needed for every hearing. There are 12 to 15 hearings a year.
There’s much more…
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