Deborah Schembri replies to issues raised by architects

Legislation which will regularise past developments carried out without the necessary permits, is in place so that the Planning Authority can impose conditions to improve the state of illegal buildings instead of turning a blind eye, as has happened to date through the system known as CTB.

This was announced in a statement by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Planning in reply to  points raised by the Chamber of Architects regarding this legislation.  The Parliamentary Secretariat drew attention to the various limitations in place to regularise illegal buildings. It added that this step will give peace of mind to property owners who, although having the CTB concession, could still not sell their property because it would be considered as an illegal development.

The Parliamentary Secretariat said Government has an electoral mandate to implement this scheme, and stressed that Planning Authority decisions will be taken in public, whilst the Authority’s power to issue enforcement orders on illegal developments would be withdrawn.


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