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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) makes reference to a statement made by the Labour Party spokesperson for the Environment. The Authority would like to clarify that the management of any of the Power Stations falls outside the remit and responsibilities of the MEPA
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The Environment and Planning Commission earlier today refused to give planning permission for the construction of an electricity substation in the area known as ir- Ramla Tat- Torri in Armier limits of Mellieha.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board earlier today granted a full development permit for the rehabilitation and re-use of the Lazzaretto complex at Manoel Island. The extensive restoration works together with the reinstatement of a second, intermediate floor to certain parts of the building will accommodate a number of residential units, office facilities, a casino and a car park.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) today continued with its efforts to ensure that the clean up operation that started yesterday, following an oil spill from an adjacent site at Wied Santa Katerina, limits of Mosta, is carried out sensitively and successfully concluded in the shortest period of time
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In accordance with the Conservation of Wild Birds Regulations, 2006, as amended (Legal Notice 79 of 2006) the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) will be collecting the recently expired 2011/12 Carnet de Chasse booklets.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority makes reference to the statement issued this afternoon by Flimkien Ghall-Ambjent Ahjar (FAA) whereby they claim that Mepa failed to take immediate action to protect the garden enclaves of a historical property situated in Balzan.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) makes reference to Planning application number 3486/09 to replace the existing explosives factory with a fireworks factory depot at a site known as Il-Qaws in Dingli.
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EneMalta has been notified by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) that it will have to pay a lump sum penalty as well as a daily penalty, until the Marsa Power Station is completely shut down.
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The Government initiated the process for the preparation of the Strategic Plan for Environment and Development by presenting MEPA with a document containing the Strategic Objectives to guide the preparation of the Strategic Plan. Once finalised this Strategic document will replace the 1990 Structure Plan and is expected to cover the period up to the year 2020.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) and the Ministry for Tourism, Culture and the Environment have published the draft National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) which defines a comprehensive framework for safeguarding Malta’s biodiversity over the period 2012 to 2020. Branded ‘Working hand in hand with Nature’, the NBSAP, which is currently open for public consultation, is a requirement of the National Environmental Policy and will contribute towards the national implementation of the Global Strategic Plan on Biodiversity under the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
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The Marsa Power Station is subject to the limited lifetime derogation under Article 4 (4) of Directive 2001/80/EC. This derogation allowed four generating plants at the Marsa Power Station to operate at higher emission limits than those allowed by the Large Combustion Plants Directive for a limited period of time – 20,000 hours starting from 1 January 2008.
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The creation of a highly accurate 3 dimensional map of the Maltese Islands has moved a step closer to becoming a reality, after the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), over the past weeks carried out 3-D aerial surveys using the innovative Lidar technology. Following these surveys, Mepa will now be able to generate digital terrain 3-D models, which can be used for various applications such as urban and transport planning, environmental impact assessments, modeling of runoff water, and monitoring of land use.
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The MEPA Board, earlier today gave planning permission for extensive restoration works to be carried out, at one of Malta’s most prestigious military forts, Fort St Elmo in Valletta.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board unanimously approved the re-development of the former 7-Up Factory in Santa Venera, after the applicant downsized the residential project and removed all the semi-basement apartments, increased the public open spaces in and around the development, increased the parking provisions and also eliminated a number of penthouses.
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Today, the MEPA board granted the upgrading and provision of additional facilities relative to an existing destination committed to religious activities at the Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, in Għarb. The project includes the development of a retreat house, a visitor’s centre, ancillary facilities, car-parking areas and the re-planting of indigenous trees on Ghammieri Hill.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority refers to the statement issued by Birdlife Malta, and the initiation of an independent scientific study on bird migration to coincide with the Spring migratory season in April and May.
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Government has published a Legal Notice which has declared the opening of a spring hunting season in 2012. This hunting season shall open between the 12th April and the 30th April (both dates included), with a national bag of 11,000 turtle doves and 5,000 quail.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority makes reference to concerns being raised by the St Julian's residents association about construction in St Julian's. The residents association has stated that 9 major projects in St Julian's are being planned, and that these 9 proposals should be put on hold until studies are carried out.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board unanimously refused the request to deschedule part of the upper valley side of Wied il-Balluta. The request was to downgrade the area bordering the valley floor from a level 2 AEI to a level 3 buffer zone.
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During the month of March, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 371 planning applications. During the same month the Planning Directorate received 390 screening application requests while the pre-screening process for 400 applications was completed and validated. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 1,900.
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The MEPA Board earlier today granted a planning permit for extensive restoration and conservation works to be carried out in and around a large part of Fort St Angelo. This approved project will ensure that this cultural heritage asset is not only safeguarded but given new life.
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Information about all planning permits, environmental data scheduled properties and planning boundaries is now literally available at one’s fingertips thanks to the recent launch of MEPA’s upgraded internet Mapserver
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The analysis of the local grouper population and protection of its important habitats are among a number of proposed measures that seek to enhance and protect the dusky grouper (Maltese: iċ-ċerna) population. These measures are outlined in a three year action plan the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has published for public consultation with the aim of better conserving and managing the grouper population in Maltese waters.
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The MEPA Board earlier today approved planning permission for the laying of an interconnecting submarine power cable between Sicily and Malta and the construction of a Terminal Station in Maghtab. Through this planning permit, as of next year, EneMalta will be in a position to start the process of shutting off and decommissioning the Marsa Power Station.
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The IPPC permit approved by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority Board on 5 December 2011, authorised the operation of the Delimara Power Station Extension using heavy fuel oil.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board earlier today approved a planning application for the redevelopment of a sensitive two storey office building to accomodate the Bank of Valletta Chairman’s Office at St Michael’s Bastion which is located at the northern end of the Valletta fortifications, adjacent to Hastings Garden.
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With reference to a statement made this morning by the Hon Leo Brincat about the incineration of imported animal waste at the Marsa Thermal Treatment Facility, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority can confirm that it was alerted to this issue a few days ago.
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On the 20th June 2012, a marine turtle has laid a number of eggs at Il-Gnejna. In this case this is the first confirmed sea turtle nesting event in Malta after a century although other unconfirmed records of such events have been reported from other beaches in the last 50 years
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Gnejna Bay has been declared an Emergency Conservation Area (ECA) after the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) issued an Emergency Conservation Order (G.N.683/12), to ensure that the maximum protection is rendered to the site where a marine turtle laid a number of eggs on Wednesday.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board granted development permission for the construction of a hazardous waste storage facility within the existing Ghallis landfill complex limits of Naxxar.
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The General Services Board (GSB), following discussions with MEPA, is introducing legislative amendments whereby owners of dwellings that have an existing structure not in accordance with sanitary law will, in certain limited circumstances, be able to apply to be granted a concession to regularise their position.
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The on-going restoration works at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Valletta continued to receive providential financial support, with the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) today granting Din l-Art Helwa a sponsorship of €85,000
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A large garage, with an external footprint of over 63m², built without any planning permission along Triq il-Banjijiet Rumani between Mgarr and Zebbiegh, was demolished earlier this month by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), as it continued to clamp down and remove illegal development especially in areas outside the development boundaries.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has managed to secure €1 million in funds to embark on a project aimed at significantly improving the protection of the bottlenose dolphin (id-denfil ta’ geddumu qasir) and the loggerhead turtle (il-fekruna l-komuni) around the Maltese waters.
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Reference is being made to the press statement published earlier today by MP Leo Brincat entitled ' L-Awditur tal-MEPA jikkonferma l-allegazzjonijiet tal-PL fil-kaz tal-Mercaptan '.
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The Environment and Planning Commission (EPC) within MEPA yesterday approved planning permission PA0097/12 to amend (PA4521/09) for the excavation of an additional basement level, subject to a number of stringent conditions. PA4521/09 which had been granted in 2010 included planning permission for the development of basement garages, 6 apartments, 2 penthouses on a plot of land in Triq Sant Anna, Mgarr
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6.9 kilometers (km) of the existing coast road, stretching from Pembroke right down to the Bugibba area, will be upgraded and widened following the approval of two planning applications by the MEPA Board earlier today. The project aims to ensure safer road design in accordance with international standards and provide better accessibility throughout the TEN-T network.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) in collaboration with the Fisheries Department have received the fully co-operation of the Ports and Yachting Directorate within the Transport Malta to protect the turtle hatchling at Gnejna Bay.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has carried out an overhaul of its penalties system for illegal development and introduced daily fines for illegal development, following the publication of two legal notices which will come into force as of the 24th November 2012.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has stopped the St Paul’s Local Council from further dumping back into the sea, sand and other material which was removed from nearby slipway in the Qawra area.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) can confirm that it never gave any form of authorization for the St Paul’s Bay Local Council to dump the sand and other objects it removed from a nearby slipway in Qawra.
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The email, dated 10th July 2012, published by the St Paul’s Bay Local Council continues to confirm that the local council was never authorized to dump the sand and other objects it removed from a nearby slipway in Qawra.
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Il-kelliem tal-Partit Laburista għall-Ambjent, Leo Brincat, wera li mhux aġġornat dwar il-kwistjoni tal-iskart f’Wied Fulija.
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Earlier today the Malta Environment and Planning Authority in collaboration with Nature Trust Malta and the Security Section of the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs excavated the nest located in Gnejna Bay
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Earlier this morning, Mepa’s enforcement team carried out a direct action operation on two large sites in the area of Hal Farrug, adjacent to PoliGas Ltd.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) earlier today revoked, in accordance with the Provisions of Article 77 of the Environment & Development Planning Act, a planning permit which had been granted by the Development Control Commission (DCC) back in September 2010, for the construction of a car wash facility, on a vacant site located just outside the development zone of Birkirkara.
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Reference is made to Department of Information Press Release PR 2064 issued on 25th September 2012 and in particular, Legal Notice 304 - Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration on a Derogation for a 2012 Autumn Live-Capturing season) Regulations, 2012, by means of which Government has announced the opening of a limited live-capturing season for Golden Plover and Song Thrush under strictly supervised conditions. Reference is also made to Legal Notice 303 - Conservation of Wild Birds (Framework for Allowing a Derogation Opening an Autumn Live-Capturing Season for Song Thrush and Golden Plover) Regulations, 2012, which sets the legal parameters that need to be considered when opening any autumn live-capturing season for Song Thrush and Golden Plover in Malta.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board, this morning, granted a full development permit for the development of a National Interactive Science Centre. The development consists in the restoration and adaptation of the southern quarters of the Bighi complex (ex-Naval Hospital) into an interactive science and technology centre.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority has recently obtained a new mobile station for the measurement of air quality. This mobile station forms part of a €4.6 million project aimed at enhancing Malta’s capacity in environmental monitoring. This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, which provides 85% of the project’s funding and the Government of Malta, which finances the rest under Operational Programme 1 - Cohesion Policy 2007-2013 - Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority has appointed Ms Marlene Attard as the new Director for Corporate Services.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority would like to clarify the facts and issues related to the residential project behind Villa Chapelle in St. Paul’s Bay.
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MEPA would like to clarify the following facts related to Villa Mekrech in Hal Ghaxaq.
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Earlier today the Malta and Environment and Planning Authority Board gave the green light, to Heritage NGO Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna, to re-construct the original master gunner’s quarters and restore the entrance to the saluting battery, in Valletta.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) make reference to the statement issued earlier this afternoon by the Ghajnsielem Local Council.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (Mepa) refers to Ms Astrid Vella of the Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar (FAA), who has a tendency of making slanderous allegations and unfounded and incorrect public statements vis-a-vis MEPA and its officials whenever a planning decision taken by the Board does not go her way. Unlike Ms.Vella, all the Authority’s Board members are fully aware and shoulder the responsibility of every planning decision they take.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) carried out a direct action operation on a large illegal engineered dumping site, along the coast between Marsascala and Xghajra, heavily frequented by bird hunters.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is confident that all local councils are more than competent and ‘qualified’ to guide public authorities when necessary clearances are sought for the provision of temporary activities, such as the circus in Naxxar. The Circus and other similar events are in essence, activity and not development related.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board today approved a revised outline permit for the re-organisation of the building layout and urban form of the western part of Fort Chambray.
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The Villa Frieres project, which over the past months has been significantly downsized to accommodate 12 instead of the 21 proposed residential apartments, was earlier today approved by the Mepa Board. Planning permission has also been granted for restoration and rehabilitation works to be carried out on the adjacent Grade 2 scheduled Villa.
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The Ministry for Tourism, Culture and the Environment and the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) have today published Malta’s first National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan NBSAP.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has issued a stop and enforcement order against the operators of the Naxxar Circus after the 30 day period for the temporarily use of the land outside the Trade Fair Grounds had elapsed.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) refers to the Press Statement given by the Hon. Roderick Galdes, a Mepa Board Member and Opposition Spokesman on Planning, Urban Development, Construction and Housing.
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Visiting the Mepa offices to view planning applications and their relevant documents is a thing of the past. Today, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority launched a new online service for the public to start viewing these documents free of charge. The Authority also unveiled plans for the complete overhaul of the 1994 Development Planning (Use Classes) Order to render it more pertinent to address today’s realities with less bureaucratic procedures.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board approved the redevelopment of the existing ex-Lowenbrau Brewery into a mixed use development to include two function halls, a supermarket, retail outlets, a garden centre, administrative offices, stores and parking facilities area.
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Data gathering and field work has commenced for the preparation of management plans for all 34 terrestrial Natura 2000 sites in the Maltese Islands covering over 13.6% of the country’s land territory.
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Malta’s national environmental monitoring infrastructure and capacity has over the past months been significantly upgraded, with the prospect that the improved availability and reliability of information on the state of the environment will enable the development of more informed and better targeted policy measures in all spheres of public policy, including health, fiscal, economic, social and environmental domains.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board earlier today approved planning permission for the restoration of the old power station which is located beneath Crucifix Hill in Floriana and today forms part of the Valletta Waterfront site.
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