The Malta Environment and Planning Authority Board approved an outline development permission for the development of a Life Science Park at San Gwann. It consists in the construction works of a life science building incubation centre, supporting facilities, an underground car parking facility and landscaping.
The Board today also approved an extension to the St Michael Junior School. The extension is to take place on an un-surfaced tract of land currently used as an informal parking space. The board has also approved the construction of a helipad and other ancillary structures at roof top level of Mater Dei Hospital.
Earlier today, the MEPA Board also refused the last three planning applications, which sought permission to sanction illegal works, pertaining to the construction or extension of works for boathouses at Dwejra. The MEPA Board stated that these illegalities were incompatible with the ecological protection of this sensitive area and also went against the public interest. Summarily, during the last year MEPA has refused a total number of 16 planning applications including sanctioning or construction of boathouses. As a matter of fact, MEPA will not tolerate further illegal abuse of land, especially in ODZ areas, Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protected Areas.
In a separate planning application the MEPA Board refused an application which forms part of the Ggantija buffer zone. Back in August 2010, the buffer zone of the Ggantija Complex was scheduled as an important archaeological-sensitive site. Also, the Ggantija Complex is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
The dismissed application consists of a request for reconsideration for the upgrading and sanctioning of an existing pig farm. The Planning Directorate argued that the site is encroaching a scheduled area of archeological importance. Moreover, the application does not meet the criteria for agricultural buildings for livestock farming, mainly in view of its location within a residential area. A further application consisting of alterations at second and penthouse level at Ta’ Karmena Flats, Xagħra was deferred by the Board following a request from their respective architects.