Debate on the Urban and Regional Planning Bill kicked off in the Upper House yesterday with Senators split on their support for the legislation.
Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie piloted the Bill, maintaining that it will improve how approvals for housing are granted and prevent corruption.
Minister Tewarie explained that large developers must use services proposed in the Bill.
Leading off response to the Bill Opposition Senator Farris Al-Rawi said the Bill relied too heavily on the qualified opinion of certain professions.
Mr. Al-Rawi raised concerns with the Bill, but did not state his outright objection to the legislation.
Independent Senator Helen Drayton expressed her support for the Bill, but noted that it needed amendments.
She highlighted that the state is breaking laws that are currently in effect.