Third time ‘no’ for old people’s home at Wied Għomor

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An application which sought to turn a disused quarry into old people’s home refused for the third time.

The Court of Appeal upheld the decision by the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal (EPRT) on Thursday and refused to overturn the latter’s decision. The developer who sought to turn a disused quarry into an old people’s home in Wied Għomor saw his application unanimously rejected by the Planning Authority Board in May 2016. He later appealed the decision in front of the EPRT which had also rejected his appeal.

The developer proposed to rehabilitate the quarry and turn it into a 133-retirement home with ancillary facilities which included a public garden and belvedere in Wied Għomor Swieqi.

Objectors had argued that the application would ruin the protected valley.

In his request, the developer sought to revoke the EPRT’s decision. The Court of Appeal however declared the developer’s argument as unfounded and rejected the appeal in a court presided by Judge Mark Chetcuti.

In its decision, the Court said that the permit cited in the application referred to sanctioning of illegal development and not an outline development permit. The Court further said that that such a proposal would be considered if it were in line with all relevant policies and did not automatically mean that the project could go ahead.