PA says ERA had no right to ap­peal Sliema Town­square de­ci­sion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The En­vi­ron­ment Resources Au­thor­ity, lo­cal coun­cils and NGOs had no right to ap­peal a de­ci­sion taken by the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity to give a per­mit for the build­ing of two high-rise build­ings in Sliema ac­cord­ing to state­ments made by PA representative Dr Abela in the re­view tri­bunal.

Dr Abela claimed that the ERA, Sliema lo­cal coun­cil and eNGOs were not able to ap­peal the Town­square project since they had been rep­re­sented on the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity when the ma­jor project was con­sid­ered.

ERA Chair­man, Prof. Vic­tor Ax­iak, did not at­tend the first hear­ing due to med­i­cal rea­sons.

Le­gal ar­gu­ments dom­i­nated the first sit­ting, with the ap­pel­lants ar­gu­ing that this de­ci­sion would set an ugly prece­dent since it would mean that the rel­e­vant or­gan­i­sa­tions would not be able to ap­peal de­ci­sions on fu­ture ma­jor projects.

The 38-storey Town­square de­vel­op­ment was first ap­proved in Au­gust when the PA ap­proved the project by a slim mar­gin win­ning by seven to six votes.

PA chair­man Vince Cas­sar and deputy chair­woman El­iz­a­beth El­lul both voted against the project.

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