This Order, made under section 5 of the Town and Country Planning Act, provides for a wide variety of matters regarding the administration and development of the Portland Parish Development Area. Matters regulated by this Order include planning permission for development, control on subdivision of land, consultation with national authorities by the local planning authority before granting planning permission, appeals, control of pollution, environmental impact on streams, lakes, ponds, aquifer and protection of ecologically sensitive areas or national heritage sites, protection of agricultural activities. An Environmental Impact Assessment may be required from the applicant. The Second Schedule sets out Use Classes. The Third Schedule sets out Permitted Development. The Fifth Schedule sets out the Planning Framework for the development area.
Implements: Town and Country Planning Act. (2001)
Amended by: Town and Country Planning (Portland Parish) Provisional Development Order, 2013 (Confirmation) Notification, 2015 (No. 56B of 2015). (2015-04-27)
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The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves. England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. Jamaica gradually increased its independence from Britain. In 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies.