Hands off the Farm shops – JEP 27th August 2011

On August 30, 2011, in The Economy, by Lyndon-Farnham

BUREAUCRATS should not be interfering in how commercial entities are run, according to the author of an official review into the Island’s farm shops.  Bruce Willing is recommending that oversight for farm shops be transferred from the Environment department to Economic Development.  The former Army brigadier, who conducted the review free of charge on behalf of the Planning and Environment department, says that the current approach towards planning consent for retail outlets on farms is inconsistent and ‘flawed’.  He has urged that all current farm shops be given planning consent for what they already have, in order to give them future certainty.  And he says that by transferring responsibility to Economic Development, a farmer who wants to set up a commercial entity would be able to access proper business development advice.

The question is; Just how much involvement should the States have in controlling the business sector?

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