Db Group City Centre Project In Pembroke Revoked

Mr Justice Mark Chetcuti pointed towards a conflict of interest by a Planning Authority board member when revoking the permit. 

A decision by the courts has seen a permit revocation for the controversial dB Group City Centre project tin Pembroke on the grounds that a Planning Authority board member, Matthew Pace, has a conflict of interest.

An appeal was filed by environmental activist and lawyer Claire Bonello on behalf of the local councils of Pembroke, Swieqi and St Julian’s, as well as various NGOs and residents.

In his conclusions, Mr Justice Mark Chetcuti ruled that a decision taken in February 2019 by the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal giving the project a green light was being revoked. He also ruled that a subsequent decision by the Planning Authority last September to approve the project was deemed “null and without effect”.

The Planning Authority had approved the proposed 38-storey tower and 17-storey hotel by 10 votes to four. At the time, the public expressed anger at the decision to fly in a board member for the closely followed vote.

Reports quote Dr Bonello as saying that developers will now have to go back to the drawing board and re-submit their application from scratch.

The issue with Matthew Pace, one of the 10 board members who approved the project, is a conflict of interest regarding his involvement with a branch of a real estate agent seeking investors and buyers for the project. The Shift News broke the story some months ago.


The project received a never-before-seen 4,500 objections from a wide spectrum of the public.

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