The revision of the controversial Paceville master plan, which has been in the offing for nearly two years, has been put on hold.
The Planning Authority has decided to wait for the publication of the new Local Plan for the area.
This was confirmed by a PA spokesman when replying to questions sent by The Sunday Times of Malta over the delay in publishing the second version of the master plan.
Launched in September 2016, the original document had to be scrapped in the wake of a public outcry against it, as well as allegations of a potential conflict of interest against UK planning firm Mott MacDonald, which had drafted it.
Three months later, Parliament’s Environment and Development Planning Committee unanimously agreed on the terms of reference for a fresh plan following a public consultation period.
At the time, PA executive chairman Johan Buttigieg told The Sunday Times of Malta that the new master plan would be out by April or May 2017. However, the process has been dogged by delays ever since.
No further pronouncements have been made on the matter by the authority, fuelling doubts about whether the revision was still on the cards. Asked for a clarification, a PA spokesman…