Car wash plans down the drain
The planning authority has revoked a permit to build a car wash facility in Birkirkara.
The permit had been granted by a Development Control Commission in 2010 to build a car wash plant in one of the fields adjacent to the Birkirkara bypass.
The board of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority heard that the planning directorate had started investigating the case after it was notified that the so-called approved Transport Malta plan was not the authority’s official position.
Transport Malta confirmed that the plans submitted with the permit “were not to be considered as official correspondence” between the planning authority and Transport Malta.
The development commission “was misguided when it decided on this case” because the plans were not an official document of Transport Malta.
The case had been recommended for refusal by the planning directorate because the proposed car wash would end up in an area marked for future sports facilities and activities in the local plan.
It had also noted that the car wash plant would have a significant and unacceptable impact on the road network.