PA refuses planning permission near protected heritage site in Kercem
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The Planning Authority Board has today refused planning permission for the development of a two-storey terraced house in Kercem, Gozo.
The development would have been within the 100 meter buffer zone of the protected heritage site of Ghar Gherduf.
The Planning Authority had, in October 2000, given the archaeological site of Ghar Gherduf a Class A category status.
Then in relation to the same site, the Board last June, had withdrawn a permit after it concluded that an error in the designation of the protected site had led to the incorrect assessment of the planning application.
This, it said, “had a sound bearing on the final decision taken by the Planning Commission.”
Protests had been made last year against the development by various NGOs and residents, as well as the Partit Demokratiku, all calling for the PA to halt the works, which included the excavation of foundation trenches for buildings which would have be constructed in front of Gozo’s only surviving early Christian Catacombs.