The approved dairy farm in Maghtab which early this month was granted a full development permit by the Environment and Planning Commission is in accordance with all planning policies and regulations.
The permitted development, which will be built within the rural settlement of Maghtab close to a number of other operational farms, had been granted an outline development permit in 2008.
The site is within an area which has, for the past 50 years, been predominantly committed for the operation of numerous livestock farms including poultry, pigs, rabbits and other dairy farms. The Maghtab area is also characterized by many stables and intensive agriculture related establishments.
The application for the dairy farm was backed by the clearance and no objection issued by all the competent authorities normally consulted during the processing of similar development proposals, including the Department of Environmental Health, Malta Resources Authority, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Veterinary Services.
The permit includes extensive conditions to ensure that these standards are fully implemented, including an Environmental Permit regulating the farm's operations.
Such farms need to be located at least 183m away from the development zone, which distance is the threshold stipulated in the relevant policy. The nearest schemed urban settlements are more than a kilometre away..
It is better, from a planning point of view, to concentrate were possible such livestock farms in an already dedicated area like Maghtab, rather than distribute them along the rest of our limited countryside.