PA says ERA had no right to appeal Sliema Townsquare decision
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.