National Housing Corporation (NHC) Chairman, Timothy Mangal, has denied reports that the Forestiere Housing project did not get approval from the Development Control Authority (DCA).
Mangal said he heard opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Sanator, Joachim Henry, indicating that the opening ceremony for the project was merely facilitated with a temporary approval.
“This is the furthest from the truth,” the NHC Chairman told a news conference Wednesday, adding that the DCA gave ‘full approval’ for the project.
He presented documents indicating that the approval was dated February 24, 2016.
Mangal explained that had work not commenced, the approval would have expired one year later.
He said Joachim Henry’s assertion amounted to a lie.
“In my opinion it is pure mischief to try to degrade and take away from the achievements of this government and the National Housing Corporation,” Mangal declared.
He observed that the DCA approval predated the current administration’s term in office.
“We did find an approved plan and that approved plan has been sitting there with nothing happening on the site, so really and truly it was a government or an NHC then without the willpower to implement the project before the last election,” the NHC Chairman stated.
Mangal disclosed that the project is complete, boasting superior infrastructure including concrete roads, drains and proper water distribution.
However he said there were more applications than available lots.
“Persons have been given letters – a few persons have paid for their lots in full and the remaining persons are presently in the process of having applied to the various banks and are awaiting their final cheques to be presented to the NHC,” he said.
The $ 2.83 million Forestiere Housing Projec comprises sixty residential lots, a church lot, two commercial lots, a standard size playing field with a 50 feet buffer along its perimeter and a lot for a human resource development center.