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DB Group Relaunches Bid To Develop Former ITS Site In Pembroke

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DB Group has relaunched its bid to develop the City Centre Project on the former ITS site, with a company statement announcing that they are reactivating the permit application.

Some alterations and rescaling, which DB says were considered since the original permit was issued, have taken place. However, it’s still unclear what the new design will look like.

The court of appeal revoked the permit solely on the conflict of interest of one of the PA board members, Matthew Pace.

“Clearly, this had absolutely nothing to do with the db Group and even less so with the project itself.

“The court completely steered clear of the merits of the permit itself. At no point did it express a view against it, how it was issued, or about the db Group itself,” the group said in a statement.

The group also said that the project rigorously followed all the applicable laws and procedures.

“We shall continue to do so with rectitude, openness, and determination. It is with this same approach that we shall ensure our Group enjoys its full rights at law, the same one enjoyed by others,” CEO Arthur Gauci said in a statement.

The controversial project in Pembroke was put on hold a few weeks ago, leaving residents and NGOs temporarily victorious, due to Pace’s work as a real estate agent. He was found to have a direct conflict of interest after his agency, RE/MAX Alliance, was one of the many real estate companies seeking investors and residents for the development.

“It is the court’s opinion that Matthew Pace objectively and subjectively failed the required impartiality,” Judge Mark Chetcuti explained in the ruling.

“Transparency, as stated by the Tribunal, should not be just a written word but acted upon,” he continued.

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