The Development Control Commission within MEPA today refused to grant a development permit for the construction of an apartment block with underlying garages in the Qala ValleyWied tal-Marga. better known as Wied tal-Marga
The site, which is partially located within the limits of development and partly within an ODZ area, forms part of the Tal-Marga watercourse system, which discharges runoff water from the Nadur highlands to the coast at Hondoq ir-Rummien.
DCC Chairperson Perit Elizabeth Ellul said “although the site was only marginally over-spilling into the ODZ area, with most of the proposed building within the permitted development boundary, holistically we felt that this development was going to negatively effect the environment, especially the watercourse of the Qala valley. Our priority, when deciding development applications is to ensure that sustainable development principles are followed.”
Last year, the Commission had deferred this application and had requested the Malta Resources Authority (MRA) to submit its comments and an analysis of the potential hydro-geological impacts of the proposed development application. The Commission concluded that given that the MRA, which is the competent authority for watercourses, did not completely rule out any negative effects this development could possibly have on the subsurface groundwater flow, the application was to be refused.