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An application for the upgrading of an Għadira kiosk, as well as another 6 similar applications in Għadira Bay, as mentioned in The Times of Malta were submitted in February 2013 and form part of a holistic plan spearheaded by the Malta Tourism Authority to upgrade and embellish this highly popular tourist area.
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An outline development application for the proposed development of a wind farm at an offshore location known as is-Sikka l-Bajda, limits of Mellieha, was, this afternoon, given the thumbs down by the MEPA Board. The Board agreed with the Planning Directorate’s recommendation that the detrimental consequential effects on the environmental protection, in particular the avifauna and marine ecology, of the surrounding area over ride the benefits achieved through the generation of renewable energy from the proposed wind farm.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) can confirm that works for the removal of large quantities of debris and inert material by the Foundation for Tomorrow's Schools, from a site opposite the new Government School at Zokrija in Mosta, were never stopped because planning permission was not required. The removal of the debris is being carried out to reinstate the agricultural field.
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An existing 465 square metre illegal kiosk located on the sandy beach at Golden Bay and the wooden staircase that leads to it from the upper road will both be demolished in the coming weeks after the MEPA Board granted planning permission for the construction of a restaurant underneath the existing public car park. The site of the approved restaurant had been granted an outline permit in November 2005.
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The MEPA Board granted planning permission for the relocation and decommissioning of an existing curb-side fuel station situated in Birkirkara Road, St. Julians.
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Earlier this afternoon, the MEPA Board approved planning permission for the development of a new hospital outside the development boundaries of Zejtun. This hospital will replace the existing St. James Hospital in Zabbar which has become too small to deal with the increase in healthcare demands.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has recently approved changes to the Traffic Impact Statement (TIS) process.The TIS process is an important element of evaluating the transport implications of significant development proposals.
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The Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Simplification of Administrative Processes in consultation with Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) will be publishing a new Development Planning (Use Classes) Order which replace that issued in 1994. With the socio-economic and environmental context having changed considerably over the past 20 years, an urgency arose for this development planning legislation to be revised to make it more pertinent to today’s realities with less bureaucratic procedures. The Use Classes Order is a legal notice which groups uses with similar land use and environmental impacts together into classes. To simplify and reduce the bureaucratic burden of these new procedures, the new Use Classes Order has been divided into 8 main categories, each aggregating a cluster of classes. The categories are Residential, Social, Tourism and Leisure, Commercial, Industrial, Storage and Distribution, Agriculture and Aquaculture. While the premise will remain that in most cases, even within the same category, a change of use from one class to another will require full development permission, this will not apply for cases where the proposed change of use within an existing development will constitute a lesser land use and environmental impact to what is already permitted on site, as long as it is within the same category. For example for a change of use from a school (Class 2C) to an old people’s home (Class 2A) there is still need for full development permission, while for a change of use from a retail outlet (Class 4B) to an office (Class 4A) a simple development notification is sufficient. While the same procedure will also apply for a change of use from a hotel (Class 3B) to a guest house (Class 3A) prior clearance from the Malta Tourism Authority will be required in this case.
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