Measures will speed consent approvals and supply of flats

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 November, 1997, 12:00am

The Government has adopted proposals to speed up approvals of consent scheme property developments as part of a drive to increase the supply of housing units.

Measures include improved guidelines explaining application requirements and procedures, and establishment of a dedicated office within the Lands Department to streamline processing.

Consent schemes relate to applications for the sale of uncompleted properties and require the approval of deeds of mutual covenants (DMCs).

'Because cases vary significantly in size and complexity, it is not possible to precisely quantify the potential savings in time which may result from these recommendations,' the department's principal solicitor, Tom Berry, said.

'But on the basis of a typical case, the consultants estimate that about two months may be saved for an application for consent to sell and up to three months for approval of a DMC.' This may halve processing time.

Guidelines on requirements relating to the management of government premises will be incorporated into DMCs.

Model DMC clauses of government requirements will be drafted for developers to include in their documents to reducing vetting time.

Training programmes will be designed to help the department's staff adopt a proactive approach to resolving problems, and more DMC approval cases will be contracted out to the private sector so that the department's staff may give top priority to large residential cases.