The Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) is working towards identifying areas for new Land Development Schemes for the year 2018.This is according to Commissioner Trevor Benn, who last week said: “When people come to the office to apply for new land, we don’t have a plot number to say we have these available. So, we are looking at developing new areas like the Linden Highway so that people can have access to lands.”According to Benn, GL&SC has been challenged to open new areas for houselotGL&SC Commissioner Trevor Benndistribution as a result of limited resources.Meanwhile, Commissioner Benn said the GL&SC has received many expressions of interest for lands in 2017 from citizens, here and abroad.Benn said the Commission during 2017 worked on compiling plans for various areas for the benefit of all clients.“Most of our plans are individual plans, relating to a specific plot of land across the country. This has not been very helpful to investors and the Government who want to engage in infrastructural work,” Benn is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.Benn said work has already been done in the Houston, Great Diamond, Herstelling, Eccles to Peter’s Hall and Farm to Covent Garden areas. In 2018, the Commission hopes to continue the exercise to ensure that all the areas in all the regions are completed, “so that customers can visit the office and acquire one plan”, Benn said.In the long run, he explained, the Commission hopes to have a national plan showing in greater detail the information required.According to Benn, the Commission has been able to provide new forms, which reflect applicants for commercial and individual purposes.He also highlighted that “chief among the Commission’s challenges” was the issue of squatting.“No matter what part of Guyana you go, people are squatting. Many times, they are encouraged by local authorities to squat on the embankment and reserves. We are trying to push back on that. In 2018, we will work a little harder to enforce that [squatting is illegal],” Benn warned.