Expired permits to be given one-year extension by MEPA
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The Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Simplification of Administrative Processes, Michael Farrugia, announced this morning that Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) will automatically renew planning permits issued between 2006 and 2008.
The Parliamentary Secretary was speaking outside the MEPA offices and said that as stipulated by the law, permits expire within five year of issue date. However, this amendment will cover all permits issued after August 3, 2006 and will be automatically renewed until the 31st of March 2014,
Farrugia stressed that this is only “a stop gap measure,” aimed as a temporary solution until the finalisation of the MEPA reform in 2013.
The measure has been introduced in order to to assist developers that may have been affected by the recent economic slowdown, with no new financial burdens incurred and also to reduce bureaucracy.
The Parliamentary Secretary said that 265 permits issued between 2006 and 2008 would be affected by this decision and the extension “realises a pledge made by the Government prior to the election.”
Farrugia reiterated the Government’s commitment towards enacting new regulations, ensuring the automatic renewal of planning permits.