As a Small Island Developing State, Barbados has found itself particularly vulnerable to environmental challenges. This symposium aims to examine the environmental issues which affect development in Barbados and consider the ways, including policies and practices, to make development resilient to these challenges.
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Planning decisions on beachfront and agricultural land have always taken too long but the system has been thrown into confusion following a legal decision by Madam Justice Cornelius. As a result of the judgment all of these cases are no longer being dealt with by the Chief Town Planner but are being passed to the Prime Minister’s Office to be processed. As the Prime Minister’s Office does not to our knowledge employ qualified Town Planners these applications are not currently being dealt with. A solution needs to be found quickly or the system will grind to a halt.
The Physical Development Plan Amended 2017, for Barbados is intended to provide a vision for sustainable growth and development of the nation by setting out policies to guide relationships among land uses, built form, mobility, community facilities and physical infrastructure. It is also intended to be a framework to facilitate and guide investment, both public and private, in Barbados to the year 2035 to advance a healthy, prosperous and resilient nation.
The Town & Country Planning Office will be accepting comments regarding the Draft PDP Amendment 2017 until 15th March 2017. Comments can be submitted to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org or via the comment form on the PDP website (see link below). The PDP can be downloaded in sections from there as well.
Barbados has growing problems of non-communicable diseases and a rapidly ageing population. How can good physical planning and design improve the wellness of the nation and provide accessibility for everyone to an improved quality of life?
The symposium will explore ways in which improved provision of open space, better accessibility and mobility in urban centres and wider housing choices can make a real difference.
DESCRIPTION: This seminar will examine the opportunities for renewable energy in Barbados. It will look at projects already in the pipeline and future potential. It will explore what factors need to be in place to maximize development.
In particular it will consider what aspects of the planning system need to be developed or improved to assist in the transition to a renewable future.
This report makes the case for transparency and modernisation of the planning system in Barbados on economic, social and environmental grounds. It puts forward a Prospectus for Action which sets out a roadmap for fundamental reform along with improvements that can be made immediately.