This Act provides that, where under any written law a licence is required to carry on any business or other activity on any land or in any building, a licence may not be granted, notwithstanding that the requirements of the written law have been met, unless the applicant satisfies the licensing authority: (a) that permission was obtained under the Town and Country Planning Act for the development of that land or the use of that building for the purposes contemplated in the application for the licence; or (b) that such permission is not required.
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First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing.
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