Partit Nazzjonalista calls for an investigation into the Planning Authority

    Partit Nazzjonalista has called for an investigation into the Planning Authority following the recent court ruling by which the planning permit granted to db Group in order to develop the former ITS site in Pembroke was revoked.

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    In a statement, the PN said that the decision has placed the Planning Authority and its operations under a lens. Citing the recent ruling, the PN said that the court has found that one of the sitting board members, referring to Matthew Pace, had a direct conflict of interest when voting on the project.

    The Nationalist Party decried the Government’s lassiez-faire attiude saying that appointed members of the board failed from declaring their conflict of interest.

    In its statement on Thursday, the PN said that recent court decision raised questions about the Planning Authority’s modus operandi. The Nationalist Party also reminded that on the day the vote was taken, board member Jacqueline Gili was flown in a private jet for the hearing to be able to vote, a story which was revealed by Newsbook.com.mt.

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    The Local Councils of Pembroke, St Julian’s, and Swieqi, along with non-governmental organisations Moviment Graffitti, Friends of the Earth Malta, Żminijietna – Voice of the Left, Din l-Art Ħelwa, and Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, as well as residents Alison Pullicino, Sonya Tanti, Rita Zammit, Norman Zammit, Mario Sultana, Adrian Grima, Josef Buttigieg, Stephanie and Arnold Cassola took the matter to court and appealed the decision by EPRT.

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