This Order, made under section 7 of the Town and Country Planning Act, confirms and amends the Town and Country Planning (Portland Parish) Provisional Development Order, 2013. Minor amendments are made to provisions concerning, among other things, the Environmental Action Program, the Agricultural Land Use Classification System and the protection of agricultural lands.
Amends: Town and Country Planning (Portland Parish) Provisional Development Order, 2013 (No. 89C of 2013). (2013-06-21)
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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.
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