Mepa issues draft guidelines on permit renewal or amendment
A guidance document which regulates the renewal or amendment for planning permission has been published for public consultation by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority.
This document aims to eliminate uncertainty among applicants by establishing clear guidelines and procedures for renewal of permits that are about to expire. The presumption lies in favour of renewal of permits save for the cases identified in the guidelines
The proposed guidelines also ensure that the community’s interests are safeguarded whereby there is an end in sight on permitted development.
In a statement this afternoon, Mepa said that work on this guidance document started in October 2011, when the chairmen of the Environment and Planning Commissions raised a number of issues with the procedural system that was being adopted in processing and permitting the renewal or amendment of planning applications.
Early last year, the Planning Directorate presented the board with a proposed framework for discussion.
Last October, the Mepa Board, following various discussion meetings, approved the document for public consultation. Prior to publishing this proposed guidance document the authority held a number of pre-consultation meetings with the Chamber of Architects.
All renewal applications need to be submitted before the expiry date of a planning permit. These applications will be screened and processed in accordance with current planning regulations. All those renewal applications where no changes have taken place on site, will be accepted and a further validity period will be given.
The guidance document also clarifies that when an amendment permission is granted on an existing valid planning permit, the amended permit will not have a new validity period. The amended permit will expire with the validity of the original permission.
An applicant who wanted to renew and amend a planning permit did not have to submit two applications but a new category was being created to cater for the purpose,
The draft guidance document can be read on www.mepa.org.mt/public-consultation.
A series of consultation meetings will the held in the coming days. Submissions and comments can be sent to [email protected] by not later than February 13.