Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion launched on new com­mence­ment no­tice for de­vel­op­ments

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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 sem­malehnek@gov.mt or call 22001466.

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