Key role in DEFA vacant
The Island's top planning and building control official has stood down.
It is understood Michael Gallagher's resignation and departure from 1 April was unexpected.
Mr Gallagher was Director of Planning at the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, and was recently involved in drafting a new Town and Country Planning Bill.
That bill is now subject to a large number of amendments.
Mr Gallagher was due to appear as a witness at a Tynwald Select Committee hearing on planning issues last month, but did not attend.
Mr Gallagher's deputy Jen Chance is to act as Director of Planning pending the appointment of a successor.