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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is issuing for public consultation a policy framework to provide a general guidance and establish planning parameters for new fuel service stations or existing ones which are seeking relocation.
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To further assist hotels to increase their profitability and competitive edge, especially in the light of the current economic challenges and the highly volatile international tourism market, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is publishing, for public consultation, a revised policy framework which will facilitate the vertical extension of existing hotels.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) advises the general public that in the light of the Government’s commitment to reduce bureaucracy on development applications, all expired planning permits issued after August 2006 have been extended until March 2015.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board today approved the full development applications for works to commence on the new 215MW combined cycle gas turbine plant together with liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving, storage and re-gasification facilities at the existing Delimara Power Station site in Marsaxlokk.
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The Government in collaboration with MEPA has launched for public consultation the Strategic Plan for the Environment and Planning (SPED) - a document which in the coming months will replace the 1992 Structure Plan and regulate the sustainable use and management of land and sea resources in an integrated manner up to 2020.
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The Government in collaboration with MEPA has launched for public consultation the Strategic Plan for the Environment and Planning (SPED) - a document which in the coming months will replace the 1992 Structure Plan and regulate the sustainable use and management of land and sea resources in an integrated manner up to 2020.
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A number of MEPA employees working within the Planning and Environment Directorates have completed two and three week job shadowing experiences with four organizations in the United Kingdom and Germany as part of a project under the EU Lifelong Learning Leonardo Da Vinci Programme.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board confirmed that the informal gardens of Villa Mekrech in Hal Ghaxaq should also remain scheduled and protected as a Grade 2 site despite the fact that in October 2012, the then MEPA Board had granted a full development permit for the construction of two storey 6 residential units.
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MEPA’s Enforcement Directorate carried out a direct action operation and demolished a large extension that was illegally built a number of years ago to adjoin a Grade 1 scheduled windmill in Triq il-Mithna in Zurrieq.
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The IPPC permit approved by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board in December 2011 as varied in July 2012 and September 2013, authorised the operation of the Delimara Power Station Extension (DPSE).
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The Chairman and MEPA Board categorically deny that they tried to push through the approval of the ODZ policy in full knowledge that a discussion on procedures governing the launch of new planning policies in the absence of SPED (Strategic Plan for the Environment and Development) was about to commence on 29th January 2014 with the Parliamentary Committee for Environment and Development Planning. This statement was only meant to put the Chairman and the MEPA Board in bad light.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board last week approved the new revised Policy and Design Guidance which will regulate the future use of land in Outside Development Zones (ODZ). The Guidance document which will now be forwarded to the Minister responsible for the MEPA still needs to be discussed and approved by the Parliamentary Committee for the Environment and Development Planning.
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The MEPA Board granted planning permission for the redevelopment of Malex House into a new high definition studio theatre with offices and underlying parking facilities.
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The MEPA Board today approved planning permission for the redevelopment of the former Belle View complex in Mellieha. The disused property which has a frontage on four streets will be demolished and will make way for a new commercial and residential development comprising of a supermarket and ancillary cafeteria, underground parking facilities, stores, and 23 residential units.
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Large quantities of rubbish which over the years has been washed up along the shore and into the salt marsh of il-Ballut ta’ Marsaxlokk were collected by employees of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), who teamed up with the Malta Ramblers Association in a Clean-Up Day initiative.
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Enforcement action commenced on Thursday at a site in the area known as Il-Ponta ta' Delimara, where, over the years multiple illegalities were carried out which compromised the sensitivity of the site. In the direct action operation, MEPA’s enforcement officers removed over 23 large truckloads of illegally dumped material and scrap among other things. The truck loads of dumped material were removed from two different parts of this large site.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is issuing for public consultation a policy framework for new fireworks factory complexes and for the upgrading of existing facilities. The proposed policy establishes a set of criteria which seek to increase measures that contribute towards safety within and around the site. Interventions which complement, rather than contrast with the surrounding rural landscape are also contemplated.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board is seeking legal advice before it can take an informed decision on the reconsideration request for the descheduling of part of the informal gardens of Villa Mekrech in Hal Ghaxaq in the coming weeks. The Board decided to defer yesterday’s case given that a part of this protected Grade 2 site is covered by a full development permission.
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MEPA’s Enforcement Directorate removed a number of derelict vehicles and scrap material which had illegally been dumped in a makeshift scrapyard in Siggiewi.
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Reference is made to the Ombudsman’s report regarding the Mistra development permission. Whilst respecting the ombudsman's opinion, MEPA would like to bring to the public’s attention the following facts: A revocation of permission can only be contemplated under three very specific instances – which the law refers to as an error on the face of the record, fraud and public safety. None of these elements resulted to the Authority in this case which merited the starting of the procedure for the revocation of the permit.
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Throughout the day the Authority has been experiencing problems with its information and technology infrastructure. The Authority regrets any inconvenience this might be causing its customers. Mepa will resolve the issue as quickly and efficiently as possible.
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A mushroom farm located in the area known as Tas-Salib, limits of Rabat has ceased its operation after Mepa’s enforcement directorate clamped down on the owners of the farm who refused to abide by the environment operational conditions which had been imposed in the planning permit. With the assistance of the Civil Protection Department, the enforcement directorate also removed nearly 500 tanks of hazardous material which were found to be stored on site.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is issuing for public consultation a new Policy Framework for a clear and comprehensive evaluation can be carried out on the use and design of tall buildings in appropriate strategic locations in Malta.
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The scheduled Area of Archaeological Importance (AAI), which covers the locality of Mdina and parts of Rabat has recently been extended to incorporate the Tal-Virtu’ area. Today, the total protected area covers over 1.5 square kilometres. Concurrently, MEPA also scheduled 76 newly discovered archaeological sites within this area.
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The Mepa Board approved planning permission for the redevelopment of the former Mistra Village site in Xemxija. The approved development has been considerably down-sized when compared to what had been approved and granted in the 2008 outline development permit.
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During the month of October, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 364 planning applications. During the same month the Planning Directorate received 373 screening application requests while the pre-screening process for 374 applications was completed and validated. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 1,502. Last month, the Authority processed 174 notifications of development, which, according to the Development Notification Order 2007, do not require a formal application. 46 waste carrier permits were also issued during the month by the Authority.
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This week’s unanimous MEPA Board decisions to allow the demolition and reconstruction of two of the three properties within the village core of Naxxar will not compromise the character and integrity of this urban conservation area.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is issuing for public consultation a new revised Policy and Design Guidance which will regulate the future use of land in Outside Development Zones (ODZ), which today are subject to various levels of environmental protection and constraints.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) makes reference to a statement recently issued by Din l-Art Helwa whereby it questions why the full development application for the redevelopment of the site of the former Mistra Village in Xemxija will be decided at the end of the month, when a new policy regulating high-rise buildings is currently being formulated.
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For the forth consecutive year, MEPA will as of this October be re-starting a series of educational tours that aim to raise awareness about Malta’s biodiversity and cultural heritage. The tours which will run on a monthly basis will remain free of charge for all those wishing to attend. The tours will form part of MEPA’s two ongoing educational campaigns ‘Biodiversity – It’s Your Life, Protect It’ and the ‘Apprezza Darek’ campaign.
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During the month of September, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 313 planning applications. During the same month the Planning Directorate received 372 screening application requests while the pre-screening process for 391 applications was completed and validated. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 1,509. Last month, the Authority processed 115 notifications of development, which, according to the Development Notification Order 2007, do not require a formal application. 59 waste carrier permits were also issued during the month by the Authority.
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MEPA’s Enforcement Directorate has promptly intervened to ensure that over 350 tons of illegally dumped material in two of Gozo’s pristine valleys is removed by the respective contravenors.
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During the month of August, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 272 planning applications. During the same month the Planning Directorate received 307 screening application requests while the pre-screening process for 276 applications was completed and validated. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 1,532. Last month, the Authority processed 129 notifications of development, which, according to the Development Notification Order 2007, do not require a formal application. 37 waste carrier permits were also issued during the month by the Authority.
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A number of Mepa employees working within the Enforcement and Environment Directorates have completed a three-week job shadowing experience with two organisations in the United Kingdom, as part of a project under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme Leonardo Da Vinci.
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The validity period of a compliance certificate issued by MEPA will, as of today, increase from six weeks to three months. This latest initiative forms part of a series of measures which the Authority has started to introduce over the past weeks to eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy and red tape.
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The process for the revision of all the local plans is a priority which needs to start and cannot get delayed any further the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) said in reaction to a statement issued by a number of NGOs yesterday.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority would like to clarify that the current public consultation process is intended to consider an extension to the timeframe by when a decision is to be made regarding whether the diesel engines at Delimara Power Station can continue to operate on HFO.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has initiated the process for all local plans, which today add up to seven, to be reviewed. The process is commencing with a three month long public participation exercise, through which, the Authority is inviting local councils, the public and all interested stakeholders to take the initiative and get involved in the entire process of re-drafting local planning policies which directly affect and impacts their lives.
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Earlier today, following a tip off, officers from MEPA’s Enforcement Directorate caught red handed, two trucks which were illegally dumping construction material into Wied Ta’Xhajma in Nadur, Gozo.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) makes reference to the recent reinstatement works that were carried out in Ramla il-Hamra Bay prior to the start of the summer season.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board earlier today renewed planning permission for the development of three high quality, tall buildings as part of the Metropolis Development Project in Gzira.
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A new planning policy aimed at encouraging the upgrading of existing hotels in tourism zone areas has recently been approved by the MEPA Board and can now start being utilized to give Malta’s tourism industry an edge in a highly competitive and volatile international tourism market.
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The Mepa Board earlier today approved the last project related to what was known as the ‘Cottonera Waterfront Revival Area’. The project will include works for the adaptive re-use of the Il-Macina bastion building to accommodate a mixture of exhibition space, conference facilities and catering establishments.
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The Environment and Planning Review Tribunal (EPRT) today, ruled in Mepa’s favour, an appeal which had been submitted by the applicant of the Hondoq ir-Rummien project associated with the processing of the related planning application.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board earlier today approved planning permission for the re-development of the derelict former Forum Hotel together with a fully detached villa and two undeveloped parcels of land.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) would like to clarify a number of inaccuracies that have been reported in the media over the past days related to the position of the Mepa Chairman Perit Vincent Cassar on private work he is entitled to undertake.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board approved planning permission for the construction of two waste treatment plants in the Maghtab and Ghallis area, limits of Naxxar.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board earlier today approved the planning application for the development of a small marina with the lagoon area of the Valletta Waterfront.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) advises all applicants and the public, that in the light of Government’s commitment to review the fees payable on development applications, all planning applications which have not yet been validated, will, with immediate effect, have their processing temporarily suspended.
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The Government has published a Legal Notice declaring the opening of a Spring Hunting Season in 2013 for Turtle Dove and Quail (LN123/13).
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Development works which were being carried out without planning permission at a site in the area of Hal Farrug, adjacent to PoliGas Ltd have been stopped.
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The derelict Hal Ferh Complex, located in the vicinity of the popular sandy beach of Golden Bay, is to be redeveloped into an upmarket, low-lying tourist resort, following the approval of planning permission by the Mepa Board earlier today.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board earlier today approved a minor change to the 2006 approved local plan, for a site area in St Julians, between the St Julians Parish Church and the Primary School on Triq Mikiel Ang Borg, which was designated as a Public Car Park.
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Earlier today the Environment and Planning Commission (EPC) approved planning permission for the development of a Lidl supermarket in Xewkija.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority together with the Ministry for Tourism, Culture and the Environment have teamed up with the Spanish interdisciplinary research team KAI Marine Services to carry out a project to gather scientific data on the conservation status of bottlenose dolphin and loggerhead turtles within the 25 nautical miles Fisheries Management Zone of the Maltese Islands
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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 2012/13 Carnet de Chasse booklets.
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Owners of residences that have an existing minor irregularity and which is not creating a disturbance to neighbours, can apply to be granted a partial compliance, following the introduction of regulations to this effect published yesterday.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) strongly refutes yesterday’s statement made by Flimkien Ghall-Ambjent Ahjar (FAA) that over the past days the Authority has been rushing with the processing of deciding planning applications due to the forthcoming election.
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A guidance document which regulates the renewal or amendment for planning permission has been published for public consultation by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA). This document aims to eliminate uncertainty amongst applicants by establishing clear guidelines and procedures for renewal of permits that are about to expire. The presumption lies in favour of renewal of permits save for the cases indentified in the guidelines
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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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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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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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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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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) 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 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 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 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 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) 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) 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) make reference to the statement issued earlier this afternoon by the Ghajnsielem Local Council.
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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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MEPA would like to clarify the following facts related to Villa Mekrech in Hal Ghaxaq.
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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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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 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 (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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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) 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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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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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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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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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 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) 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) 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 (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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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 (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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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) 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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