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Planning Board withdraws development permit for Ghar Gherduf

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Planning Board withdraws development permit for Ghar GherdufA planning permit which was granted last January within the protected heritage site of Ghar Gherduf in Kercem, Gozo, was withdrawn by the Planning Board today in an unanimous decision.

In a statement, the Board said that “there was enough justification to withdraw the permit on the grounds that the error which led to the incorrect assessment of the planning application had a sound bearing on the final decision taken by the Planning Commission.”

A development permit had been granted for a two storey terraced house last January. The Board said that, “when the application was being processed, the Planning Directorate assessed the site as a Class B Archaeological area. Government records show that the site of Ghar Gherduf and its 100m buffer zone were protected as a Class A category in October 2000.”

It noted that, “the same discrepancy also appeared on the Authority’s online system which is used by the Planning Directorate when assessing planning applications.”

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