Planning Authority explains why five members did not vote on DB project

The Planning Authority has declared that four members of the Board did not vote on the DB Pembroke Project because of a sentence handed down by the court in June 2019.

The DB Group application to build a 12-storey hotel and an 18-storey tower with apartments in Pembroke was approved yesterday by four votes in favour and three against, whilst five board members abstained.

The Planning Authority explained that the four members – Architect Vince Cassar, Professor Victor Axiak, Joseph Brincat and Annick Bonello – did not vote because, in a sentence by the Court of Appeal on 19 June 2019, Chief Justice Mark Chetcuti had annulled the original permit because of a conflict of interest involving former board member Matthew Pace.

In the same sentence, the Chief Justice had remarked that members of the board wh had expressed an opinion on the project with their vote should reconsider their position when the application comes up before them again for a vote.

For this reason, the Planning Authority added, they opted not to vote.

In the case of the fifth board member who did not vote, Dr Chris Cilia, the Planning Authority said he had chosen not to vote because of a conflict of professional interest.