When the Town Hall wished to approve a licence for a building that did not comply with the Town Master Plan of 1986, it generally requested a judicial report. The civil servants charged with drawing up this report- in Roca’s case, the judicial advisors he himself had appointed would mention in their report that the licence being requested did not comply with the terms of the current Town Master Plan , but that in most cases the judicial validity of the terms agreed upon was subject to the drawing up of a new plan (1998) which was rejected by the Provincial Urban Planning Commission. It was also added that “the commission should decide what it deems best.”
As the investigation into the Malaya case now shows the commission would usually approve these licences, especially after the builder or speculator visited Roca’s office with a large brown envelope.
Then there was the second phase of the operation. This was the granting of the so called ‘first occupation’ licence………………………………………….