Two men, “well regarded in the industry”, have been appointed to the Planning Board following a series of resignations mired in controversy, Minister for Transport Ian Borg has told Lovin Malta.
Karl Attard and Alfred Pule were appointed to the board earlier this month and will serve in the roles until 3rd April 2022.
The planning board is responsible for the issue of development permissions and is often subject to intense criticism in Malta’s construction heavy landscape.
In July, three PA officials resigned after Minister Ian Borg sent out a letter reminding high-ranking members of their legal obligations in terms of conflicts of interest.
While not explicitly mentioned within the letter, Borg was likely making reference to the decision to revoke the permit for DB’s City Centre Project over the conflict of interests of one of the PA Board members.
Matthew Pace, the Remax franchise owner at the centre of the case, has stepped down, along with Transport Malta’s representative on the Planning Board, Ivan Tabone.
Meanwhile, Mariello Spiteri, an architect who sits on the Planning Commission, also resigned.
Officially, the three retired over personal reasons.