CHAIRMAN of the Town and Country Planning Board, Eddie Ngava says his board had not given any approval permit to Perch School management to construct a library building on the ground site where construction of the building is currently taking place.
The city council chairman of the Town and Country Planning Board made the clarification following exchanges of heated arguments by Perch School Management and Tongs Company over ownership of the land site.
While Perch School management claimed it had the due approval by the Town and Country Board of Honiara City Council to put up a library building on the site, Tongs Company had objected to the development arguing the building was constructed at an inappropriate site especially for student’s access.
“My board never deliberate on any application for the development thus there was no approval as such,” said Mr Ngava.
He said any approval as claimed by Perch School Management which might have been made by some officers from the Honiara City Council would effectively be null and void since the line of approach taken was un-procedural and a violation of the Honiara City ordinance if the approval did not come from the board.
Mr Ngava pointed out that Perch School Management had incorrectly interpreted information provided to them in a letter by the city council clearly pointing out that the proposed library building could not be built on land reserved for road construction.
He explained that most residential and industrial buildings along the main east Honiara highway have observed the development boundaries by erecting security fences along the same straight line.
By BRADFORD THEONOMI