Thursday, 10th April 2014
GFA cleared Europa Point site inspections
The Development and Planning Commission (DPC) yesterday confirmed that the Gibraltar Football Association did not require planning permits to continue with site investigations at Europa Point.
The clarification came after the GFA reacted to statements by Town Planner Paul Origo at this week’s DPC meeting that discussed the proposed stadium.
Mr Origo had responded to news of the GFA surveying the site by ordering a halt to all works.
“Even site investigations have to go through a process and with respect none has been requested,” he said at the time.
But yesterday the Town Planner took a different position.
“Following [Tuesday’s] DPC meeting the applicants have now clarified the nature of the survey works that are currently being undertaken at the site and we have confirmed that no permission is required from the Town Planning department to undertake these,” he told the Chronicle.
In a statement early yesterday, the GFA said site surveys and investigations did not normally require permits of any sort from the planning authorities.
“The DPC and site investigations are two unrelated matters and the latter does not require the permission from the former, and should not be confused,” the statement said.
“The Town Planner verbally confirmed that no permit is required after the DPC meeting and simply requested that in relation to this particular project, due to the public interest it is receiving, that he be notified as a matter of courtesy.”
“The GFA have satisfied this request.”
The GFA also confirmed that site investigation and surveys were currently being carried out on the Europa Cricket ground site.
The information from these survey is required for the Environmental Impact Assessment and the design of the stadium.
“The GFA has permission to enter the site from the Gibraltar Sports and Leisure Authority and is fully coordinating the survey work with Gibraltar Cricket in order to avoid any disruption to cricket activities,” the statement added.