Public consultation launched on new commencement notice for developments
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Simplification Deborah Schembri yesterday launched the consultation period for a new commencement notice procedure which will include all current legal obligations pertaining to construction sites affecting owners and stakeholders on one platform.
Dr Schembri explained that there are a number of laws relating to obligations however are spread out, and this commencement notice will effectively bring all these obligations into one form, that developers must fill in and submit to the Planning Authority before a granted permit can begin to be utilised.
Currently, it is difficult for people to know who is responsible for what during a development, she said, such as the obligations of site managers, health and safety managers etc.
The consultation period will end on 28 December.
Dr Robert Musumeci, consultant to Parliamentary Secretary Deborah Schembri, delivered a presentation, and explained that all stakeholders are being involved in the consultation process, and that this notice will not change any laws, but rather help all stakeholders with understanding their legal obligations.
He said that in the future, government might undertake a simplification process for current laws.
Those wishing to submit their opinions can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 22001466.