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During the month of December 2008, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 277 applications and received 558 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,620.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority, in collaboration with the Austrian Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has developed proposals for a simplified environmental regulatory framework aimed at small and medium sized enterprises.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has recently scheduled the areas of Wardija Ridge, Il-Ballut tal-Wardija, Il-Wied ta' San Martin and the area known as Il-Maqluba, in its efforts to safeguard the rich natural heritage that these areas contribute towards the eco-system of the Maltese Islands
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The area around Selmun, in the northern part of Malta, today witnessed the unusual disturbance of large machinery, as the direct action team of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), assisted by personnel from the Lands Department within the Government Property Division, moved in, to start a demolition and clean up operation on a number of illegal developments in the area over the coming days
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A number of draft amendments are being proposed by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) to ensure that the Urban Improvement Fund (UIF) keeps achieving high quality results through the promotion of more holistic and sustainable projects that ultimately 'create better places to live in.'
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Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) received from the Lija Local Council a number of proposed amendments to the Central Malta Local Plan in the locality of Lija.In a brief address to the media, in the presence of Lija Local Mayor Dr Ian Castaldi Paris, MEPA Chairman Mr. Austin Walker said "I fully welcome and endorse this positive initiative that the Lija Local Council has taken.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) in collaboration with the Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Information, local councils, the police and employees from the cleansing department under the Ministry for resources and rural affairs have started an extensive and on-going direct action operation to free the Island from derelict sites in the countryside that are an eyesore and causing a nuisance to amenity.
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During the month of January 2009, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 477 applications and received 365 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,572.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) denies that it has financially contributed towards the two-year BirdLife campaign that commenced last week.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board approved the full development application for exaction works to be carried around the Mercury House site as part of the Pender Gardens Project.
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A street categorisation exercise, intending to create a policy framework that promotes the overall enhancement, vitality and viability of Urban Conservation Areas (UCAs) was published by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) at the start of a 6-week public participation period.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) reiterates once again that while it acknowledges that it was willing to support this project, it had specifically requested BirdLife (Malta) to directly involve key stakeholders such as FKNK and other associations that represent trappers in the project activities as a condition of MEPA sponsorship.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority has signed an agreement with 9 local councils to fully or partially fund thirteen projects that ultimately help ‘create better places to live in’. The sum of over €500,000 is being made available to these Local Councils through the Urban Improvements Fund (UIF) scheme which is operated by the Authority.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) board refused the planning application for the reclamation and extension of Terminal 1 quay at the Malta Freeport in Birzebbugia for overriding public interest.
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Over the past days the direct action team within the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) removed close to fifty illegal billboards from a number of arterial roads in Malta.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board refused the full development application for the construction of 40 residential apartments and underground parking facilities within the village core of Balzan.
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During the month of February 2009, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 396 applications and received 400 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,625.
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MEPA Staff within the Environment Protection Directorate were asked to evacuate Hexagon House in Marsa following evidence of an overpowering, pungent smell within the MEPA offices.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) in collaboration with the Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Information and the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs (MRRA) have moved its direct action operation to the south of Malta as it continues with its extensive and on-going efforts to free the Island from derelict sites in the countryside that are an eyesore and causing a nuisance to amenity.
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With the purpose of strengthening environmental democracy and improving the implementation of the public's environmental rights, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) and the Austrian Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) have compiled tailored guidelines on the rights and obligations related to the Aarhus Convention. These guidelines offer practical and tailored advice for the public to ensure that public authorities are accountable for environmental decisions.
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During the month of March 2009, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 535 applications and received 536 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,617
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One of the largest illegal scrapyards in Malta, has been sealed off by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) in a direct action operation that will ensure that no more metal scrap will enter this site.
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In 2007, the energy sector was the largest contributor to National Greenhouse Gases GHG emissions with a share of 88.7 % of gross national emissions, followed by the waste sector that contributed 6.6% to overall emissions. These indicators derive from two reports that the Malta Environment and Planning Authority MEPA, as the Competent Authority, recently submitted to the European Commission under the EU Decision No. 280/2004/EC.
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Isolated pockets of action will leave minimal effect in improving the quality of air over the coming years. For this purpose the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), which is the competent Authority for implementing the EU Directive on Air Quality, is launching a public participation exercise to work on a holistic action plan that will identify key strategic measures that need to be implemented to improve the quality of our air.
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During the month of April, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 489 applications and received 581 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,636.
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Waste Brokers that carry out brokerage activities within the Maltese Islands will need to register for a license from the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) to keep carrying out their activities. These measures are intended to improve the standards through which waste is handled. Waste brokers include those individuals or organizations which undertake arrangements for the collection, recovery, recycling or disposal of waste on behalf of others including brokers who do not necessarily take physical possession of the waste.
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Large illegal structures that were intruding the visual integrity of the Grade 1 Scheduled Rinella Fort were demolished by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority MEPA in a direct action operation at the Mediterranean Film Studios at Rinella, limits of Kalkara.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) has signed an agreement with 8 local councils to fully or partially fund nine projects that will contribute towards the urban improvement of the respective localities. The highly successful, Urban Improvement Fund, will be financing over €290,000, as it keeps living up to its aim of 'creating better places to live in'.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) would like to clarify and correct a news article that appeared in a local newspapers yesterday under the header Three Great Whites caught 10km Malta.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) approved the initiation for the partial review of the Gozo and Comino Local Plan that will provide for the upgrading of the primary Government Institutions and also the development of new public facilities.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) removed 13 caravans from a privately-owned stretch of land in the scheduled area of Gnejna Bay in the early hours of the morning.
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Following the recent removal of a number of caravans from the foreshore of Gnejna Bay last week, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) continued with its efforts to safeguard public access to the foreshore, through another direct action operation along the public coast at Xemxija, near the Fekruna area. In Nadur, the Authority removed large quantities of derelict material from a scrapyard that was operating without a permit.
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His Grace Archbishop Mgr. Paul Cremona, in his first official visit to the offices of the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) spoke about his hope that the Authority will become the people's conscience in favour of God's creation.
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Development Briefs will start to be decided in open Public Meetings as the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) seeks to further restore public confidence in its commitment to higher levels of transparency and public participation.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board refused the full development application for the construction of 14 residential apartments and underground parking facilities adjacent to a villa area in Balzan.
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Following various media reports and concerns voiced by residents and NGOs on speculative development in the Kalkara valley, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), would like to reassure the public that the Kalkara valley is protected and scheduled as a Level 2 Site of Scientific Importance.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) carried out a direct action operation by sealing off a site known as Tal-Wej, limits of Mosta that was being used illegally as a dumping site for construction waste.
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During the month of June, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 489 applications and received 479 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,877.
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Some 20 employees from the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) volunteered to carry out maintenance work at the St. Jeanne Antide Centre in Tarxien. The Foundation works amongst vulnerable or socially excluded persons.
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L-Awtorita ta’ Malta dwar l-Ambjent u l-Ippjanar (MEPA) tirreferi ghar-rapporti li dehru fil-medja fejn qed jintqal li l-applikazzjoni ta’ zvilupp li giet approvata l-gimgha li ghaddiet fil-Qala fil-post maghruf ahjar bhala Ta’ Xerri il-Bukkett hija barra miz-zona ta’l-izvilupp (ODZ).
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) confiscated some 400 deckchairs and 150 umbrellas that were hidden in various places around Comino Island.
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During the month of July, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 425 applications and received 580 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,869.
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The Court of Criminal Appeal in Gozo presided by the Chief Justice Vincent Degaetano rejected the appeal cases of two defendants that were convicted of carrying out illegal development on their respective sites and had not adhered to a court order to return their site to its original state within a fixed time period and pay a daily fine.
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With the growing need of finding alternative ways for cleaner sources of energy production, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has published a proposed Planning guidance for Micro Wind Turbines with a generating capacity of up to 20kW. This document was prepared following an invitation to the public to submit its preliminary submissions.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) board revoked the last development permit (PA7719/06) that had been issued on a site at Wied tal-Marga, limits of Bahrija in accordance with Article 39A of the Development Planning Act.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board today approved a Development Brief for the area known as Il-Ghirghien in Birzebbugia, to provide guidance for development within this area and encourage and promote an integrated planning approach for the future development of this area.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) started removing rooms and boundary walls that were illegally developed by squatters in the vicinity of the Torri L-Abjad, limits of Mellieha.
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2069 9595 is the new single emergency service number the public can dial to report on environment protection or illegal development in Malta and Gozo. The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has introduced this new single emergency number to make it easier and effective for the public to assist the Authority in its efforts to curtail development and environment abuses around the Maltese Islands.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) board gave the green light for the re-development of the former Mgarr Hotel. The site, which is a gateway to Gozo and in a strategically sensitive area, will no longer have a five-storey imposing development at its ridge edge but will have recessed floors starting from two storey and a basement.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has unveiled its newly, redeveloped website, www.mepa.org.mt, with special emphasis being given to offering customers and users alike a less complex structure for them to navigate through the extensive online content.
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A large agricultural area, on the side of Wied il-Qoton, Birzebbuga, which over the years was illegally turned into a storage area for the garaging of flammable liquid bowers and more recently for storing of building and construction material, was subject to a direct action operation by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) to restore the site back to its original state.
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A new set of draft General Binding Rules (GBRs) and Guidance Notes have been drawn up by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) with the aim of assisting small scale businesses to achieve compliance with national environmental laws while avoiding excessive administrative burden.
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During the month of August, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 318 applications and received 369 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 5,010.
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The illegal practice of cordoning off fields with oil drums or other derelict white goods, to make them inaccessible to the public, is being tackled head on by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) and the PARKS unit within the Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment (MRAE) in an effort to free the Maltese countryside from this gruesome eyesore.
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During the month of September, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 543 applications and received 447 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,942.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) concluded its investigation into the finding of a tiger cub in a warehouse in Mosta, earlier last month.
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A development planning application to install a temporary, land-based, wind monitoring mast was today approved by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board. The mast, which is proposed to stand at 80 metres will form part of a technical evaluation phase of a larger project involving the potential development of an off-shore wind farm at Sikka l-Bajda.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) notes with satisfaction the court’s decision, earlier today, which exonerated two former MEPA DCC members from all charges that had been brought against them.
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An ‘Initial analysis Report on coarse dust in Fgura’ was published by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) in 2008 following a number of complaints it had received from residents in the area in 2007. Initial analysis concluded that the black “fall out” dust, is composed mostly of larger sized particles with diameters larger than 10 micrometres. Larger dust particles are capable of settling down a short time after being emitted, and a short distance away from the source, on the otherhand PM10 remain airborne for longer time periods.
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During the month of October, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 455 applications and received 507 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,954.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority electronic application system has been placed amongst the finalists of the 2009 European eGovernment Awards by the European Commission.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority refers to comments made by its Audit Officer in the media last Monday regarding the courts decision which exonerated two former MEPA DCC members from all charges that had been brought against them
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The valley, known as Il-Wied ta’ Għajn Żejtuna, located within the settlement boundary of Santa Marija Estate in Mellieħa has been scheduled by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority and added to the growing list of natural scheduled sites as the Authority continues protecting Malta’s biodiversity and natural heritage.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority in reply to the Auditor's report on redevelopment of a property in Qala better known as Ta Xerri l-Bukkett would like to clarify a number of issues that the Auditor chose to ignore or omit in his final report following a detailed explanation and planning reasons as to why the permit was issued at the reconsideration stage.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority notes that the Ombudsman reiterated his advice to the Audit Officer to suspend investigations and publications of his findings when planning cases are sub judice. A case in point is the Qala Development case.
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Works on the construction of a new Oncology Centre can commence given that the MEPA Board unanimously approved Phase 1 of this project which includes excavation works and the construction of the Radiotherapy Department and Inpatients Wards.
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Over 150 proposed policy measures were received by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority during the first Phase of public consultation on what realistic measures can be implemented to reduce the concentration levels of fine dust in the air.
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The Environment Protection Directorate within MEPA has approved a method statement for works to be carried out on a site at Wied tal-Marga, limits of Bahrija in accordance to approved permit PA 5846/04
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority would like to clarify that there is nothing in the 2006 approved North Harbour Local Plan that indicates that MEPA earmarked the Balluta Square as one of three possible sites for the construction of public car park.
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A Board of Inquiry set up to investigate whether disciplinary action or criminal proceedings should be taken against employees within the Planning Directorate for the way they processed two planning applications concluded that there was no malicious or criminal intent in their behavior.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority Board gave the green light for the rehabilitation of an existing dumping site into a Family Park in Marsascala. The land which stretches over an area of over 85,000 square meters, between the Sant’Antnin recycling plant and ir-Razzett tal-Hbiberija, will include a small amphitheatre, a farm for animal petting, an Equestrian Facility, a kiosk area, a large open landscaped area, a volleyball and 5-a-side football pitch, a tennis court, outdoor gym equipment, a landscaped maze, an agro-tourism products exhibition area, an olive grove, a 100 space car park, and a multi-purpose space.
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The Chairman, Board Members, Management and Staff at the Malta Environment and Planning Authority wish everyone a Peaceful Christmas and A Prosperous New Year.
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During the month of November, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 504 applications and received 501 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,903.
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