DEVELOPMENT BOUNDARY FOR SITE IN XEWKIJA WAS NEVER CHANGED IN 2006
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority can confirm that the land in Xewkija on which the outline permit for the construction of a supermarket was granted, earlier this month, was located within the development boundaries well before the approval of the local plans in 2006 or the Development Zone Rationalisation exercise in the same year.
Actually, the development zone boundary in this area has not changed at least since the Temporary Provision schemes (TPS) were approved by Parliament way back in 1988. Additionally, the Structure Plan for the Maltese Islands and which set the strategic framework for development in the Maltese Islands also indicates provisions for the site.
These facts, which clearly speak for themselves, undo a statement issued by a local environment NGO who accused MEPA of issuing a permit for the construction of a supermarket in Xewkija on a parcel of land that was outside the development zone and compromised by the 2006 rationalisation of local plans.
In this area, there have been no changes to the boundary in the 2006 local plan or the Development Zone Rationalisation exercise. This information is readily available on the MEPA website and can be independently verified.