The Planning Authority Board has unanimously denied permission for a fuel services station at Magħtab, after Court accepted an appeal by residents in the zone and ordered that the application be heard anew.
The projects architect said the site is not an agricultural one and the site is for the relocation of a petrol station in a residential zone at Mosta. She said the majority of residents at Magħtab are in favour of the project.
Engineer Jonathan Buttigieg, who is a resident in the zone, said that 116 residents had objected to the project because of the environmental impact it would cause in the area while he made reference to the reasons for refusal that had been considered by the Board at previous sittings. He said that according to the strategy plan for the Magħtab zone no service stations and fireworks factories are to be permitted in the zone.
On behalf of the applicant, lawyer Dr Ian Stafrace said a number of studies had already been carried out on the project including an environmental impact study. He said the proposal should be judged on the basis of the current fuel station policy. He said the application means to remove a fuel station from the centre of Mosta.