Malta: Planning Authority accused db group of damaging its reputation

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The Planning Authority has accused the db group of damaging the government body’s reputation because it marketed accommodation long before the City Centre project had the clearance.

Newsbook reports that the PA’s judicial protest filed against the developer today, states that the action had done, ‘great reputation damage’ and that they had no knowledge that the apartments were already on the market.

The Times reports that the court in June found that former PA board member Matthew Pace had an interest in the City Centre project coming to fruition and that he should have played no part in a decision concerning it.

Mr Pace, who was one of 10 PA board members who voted in favour of the project, is also a franchise owner of Remax Alliance Swieqi, which shares a database and website with Remax Malta.

The agency had been selling apartments that were part of the City Centre project when no planning permit had yet been granted, The Shift News had reported.

The Shift News had revealed that board member Matthew Pace was a franchise owner of Remax Alliance Group. Pace was appointed on to the Planning Board only weeks after the general election of 2013. The Shift News had reported Remax was directly involved in selling apartments for Silvio Debono’s project in 2016. Back in 2016, there was no planning permit for the project and the land had not been transferred to Debono.

Via Newsbook, Times and The Shift News

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