Development Control Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… According to Radcliffe, et al (2004), development control is referred to as the process by which a community or society represented by locally elected councils control changes in the use and appearance of the environment.

Almost all countries have developed systems to assist control land development process and Malawi is not an exception. Nevertheless, the efficiency of the systems differ from one country to another depending on the maturity of the institutional structures and the general economic, judicial and cultural conditions (Williamson, et al, 2010).

Cross sections of structures in Malawi’s urban settlements are considered not to comply with the planning land development standards. In many instances, permanent business structures if not residential houses are seen to lie in the road reserve. These cases are prevalent in many urban settlements across the country. The situation questions the integrity of planning authorities in this country since they are trusted with the responsibility of controlling physical developments within the area of its
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The development is said to be sustainable if it is capable of improving the living standards of people at the possible least cost, and when it does not damage the environment. The development control in the road reserve will therefore; ensure that social services such as electricity, water, and telecommunication are delivered with minimum costs; and most importantly in environmentally friendly …show more content…
Development control should be one of the priorities of the Local Councils and other planning authorities if the physical development of an area is to be sustainable. Review of outdated planning laws, which contradict with the new technologies, can help to improve the effectiveness of development control. Creating awareness to the general public on the benefits of caring road reserves can help minimise illegal developments within the road reserve. Road reserves free of illegal developments will help utility companies effectively supply water, electricity and telecommunication services at relatively low cost. This research will also help to minimise damages to survey references and beacons along the road reserve. The land surveyors will be able to obtain desired survey accuracy once the project is

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