Planning Authority to appeal against Tribunal’s Hondoq decision
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The Planning Authority, in a statement has said that it will be appealing in front of the Court of Appeals, four decisions taken yesterday by the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal (EPRT), including the refusal of planning permission of the development of a tourist village at Hondoq ir-Rummien.
Yesterday, the Appeals Tribunal at the Planning Authority, had annulled the decision to refuse the Hondoq Project application taken in June last year by the PA Board, noting that the Authority “had not followed proper procedure” in the rejection of the development proposal.
In 2016, the Planning Board unanimously voted against granting an outline development permit for the construction of a destination port comprising of a hotel, a yacht marina and a tourist village.
The Board had cited that the project goes counter to the SPED’s vision for Gozo, that of being an ecological Island.
The other three cases concern the enforcement notices issued by the Authority against the owners the former Mistra Village Holiday Complex in Xemxija and the former Jerma Palace and for the refusal of planning permission for the development of warehouses on ODZ land in Kirkop.
Photograph by Alain Salvary