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The MEPA Board approved planning permission for the construction a new government secondary school on a site occupied by the disused Swatar Training Centre on the periphery of Rabat.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has moved in to continue removing an extensive illegal scrapyard, in an ODZ area known as Ix-Xerriek, limits of Birzebbuga, which last week was the cause of a large fire incident in the area.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) hereby advises all manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment that new amendments to the Waste Management (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulation, 2014 (S.L.504.75) shall be published shortly.
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The Mepa Board turned down a planning application which sought to sanction an additional penthouse level on two blocks of the recently constructed ‘village’ for the elderly, in an area known as Ta' Simblija, limits of Naxxar.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is publishing for public consultation a set of 22 draft Management Plans for terrestrial Natura 2000 sites as part of €1.3 million project co financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The project was implemented through the collaboration between MEPA and Epsilon International SA - Adi Associates Environmental Consultants.
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The Government has approved a new planning policy framework for the site currently occupied by the Selmun Palace Hotel in Mellieha. This site specific policy which was drafted by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) seeks to ensure that this prime tourism site does not fall into disrepair with the consequent unwelcome detriment to its important historic and cultural context but can potentially give new life to this site.
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Restoration works that are being carried out on an important historical 18th Century military building and a engineering heritage system.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has signed a sponsorship agreement with the EASA Malta Foundation who this coming August, will be hosting The European Architecture Students Assembly (EASA) in Malta.
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A group of 25 employees from different sections working within the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) spent a full day carrying out voluntary work at St. Joseph Home in Santa Venera.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has published the approved planning policy for Strait Street and the Old Civil Abbatoir (il-Biċċerija) in Valletta.
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The 18th Century Church dedicated to St Francis of Paola in Qormi will undergo restoration works after the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) agreed to fund a substantial part of the costs related to this project.
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Areas of interest within Malta’s Fisheries Management Zone will be surveyed in the coming months with the intent of mapping out the distribution of sandbanks, reefs and marine caves with the potential of designating new areas as Sites of Community Importance to eventually form part of the Natura 2000 network.
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The staff and management at the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) have donated a total of Euro 2620 to two separate charitable entities.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has issued for public consultation, a specific Planning Policy for the site currently occupied by the Selmun Palace Hotel in Mellieha.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is publishing, for public consultation, a proposed policy framework for the Pace Grasso Opportunity Area in Paola. Through this proposed partial review of the South Malta Local Plan (2006) and taking into account the Government’s vision for the area, the Authority is seeking to facilitate the development of a community centre in the core of the urban area with a priority for green public open spaces, the provision of facilities for health services and for persons with special needs together with supporting ancillary development.
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The MEPA Board refused to grant planning permission to sanction illegal works that were carried out at a number of boathouses in Dwejra, Gozo.
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The new legal notice (L.N. 124/15) amending the daily fines regulations, which was published earlier this month, is intended to address situations where the daily fine imposed by MEPA, following the issuing of an enforcement notice, would not be in proportion to the illegality committed.
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The 465 square metre ‘kiosk’ located on the sandy beach at Golden Bay and the wooden staircase that led down to it from the upper road have, under the supervision of MEPA’s enforcement officers, been demolished earlier this week.
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The FEE International Jury has found no irregularities into the way MEPA assessed, processed and is monitoring the upgrading works of seven kiosks along the Għadira Beach in Mellieħa after having evaluated a report which was compiled by the national Blue flag operators early last month.
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During the month of February, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 327 planning applications
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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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