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CRUNCH TIME FOR WIED GHOMOR

The thirteenth day of the month may prove unlucky for the besieged Wied Ghomor. On the 13th February the last hearing of a refusal against development application will be heard by Environment and Planning Review Tribunal. After that the Tribunal...

Residents take on PA, calling for enforcement of planning legislation

Birkirkara residents have come together to appeal the unwarranted approval of a 5-storey apartment block on the fringes of the Birkirkara village core. Residents have had to take this fight for the regard of planning legislation to the Appeals...

Greed’s Victory…Our Loss

FAA Coordinator Astrid Vella Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar is in favour of the sensitive conversion and re-use of heritage buildings; however, there is a clear line between re-use and outright greed. When the authorities responsible for the...

Corruption of Planning Systems

The approval of the application to build add a six-storey pencil development on top of a house that had been certified(*1) as being unstable, contravenes planning laws, regulations and past refusals. Development application PA 03552/15 had again...

Planning Authority – Controlled Anarchy

I never thought that I would hear myself say that the Planning Authority (formerly MEPA) should be disbanded altogether. I had thought that imperfect as it was, the Planning Authority prevented Malta from sinking into uncontrolled anarchy.  I was...

Quo Vadis, Malta?

By Robert Louis Fenech Writing this piece the morning after the Planning Authority has given the green light to two monster developments – the Mrieħel high-rise blocks and the TownSquare tower (both projects being pushed by Gasan) – I cannot...

The Plasticisation of the Sea

By Dr John Paul Cauchi It so happens that during these hot, sweltering days that we go down for quick dip into our clear, blue seas, inviting under the shimmering sunlight in the relative quiet of the afternoon. We slowly immerse ourselves into the...

Ġenna ta’ l-Art

Miktuba minn Salvu Mallia Meta kont ħafna iżgħar, kont nisma’ xi kanzunetta bħal ta’ Celentano ‘Il Ragazzo della Via Gluch’ titkellem fuq il-ġungla tal-konkos li diġa’ kienet bdiet tibla’ l-Italja u t-tħassir ta’ l-ambjent....

Parked Cars – A Fairytale

By Jorg Sicot Once upon a time, there was an island in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. Life was simple, the inhabitants lived on a small and happy scale. Settlements and villages were set up and laid out to the needs of the day: little roads...

Land of Policies

By Tara Cassar FAA Environment Officer & Architect Land has recently been the topic of much debate in Malta. Be it controversial deals over land expropriation, speculative gains being sought through high-rise development, or the development...

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