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The Mepa Board turned down two applications in the Outside Development Zones of Qormi and Rabat that sought planning permission to regularize the illegal extension of a Petrol Station and a horse training track with stables respectively. These two decisions continue to highlight the Board’s consistent message that Outside Development Zones will be protected from any illegal or proposed development that fall short of its policies.
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During the month of December, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 266 applications and received 107 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,154.
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The legal notices which will regulate the introduction on the new daily fines and penalties have been published for public consultation by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) as it continues with its efforts to tighten enforcement by dissuading and penalizing persons from carrying out illegal development.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) last November, commissioned Dr Louis.F.Cassar, together with a team of other specialists, to assess the impact that filming activities carried out in October 2010 had on resources pertaining to the terrestrial and marine ecology, the geology, geomorphology, palaeontology, landscape and the integrity of the site. The ecological integrity of this protected site was assessed based on the European Commission’s methodology guidance for assessment of plans and projects in Natura 2000 sites.
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Early this morning, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) confiscated a 20 tonne bulldozer which was being used by a contractor to regularly dump large amounts of illegal construction material and sealed off the site known as Ta’ Msid at L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) can confirm that an evacuation was not triggered at Hexagon premises at Marsa following reports of odour earlier today.
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Gozitan quarry owner was fined €100,000 by the Gozitan Courts for illegally developing outside the perimeters of his licensed quarry at Ta’Ghansar, Wied Merill, limits of San Lawrenz, and also for excavating an illegal new quarry adjacent to the licensed quarry. The court, which delivered this judgement while the owner is still trying to sanction these illegal works, also ordered owner to return the sites back to their original state within a period of 3 months.
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EneMalta has informed the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) that the corporation has not achieved its allocated National Emission Ceilings for the year 2010.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has appointed Dr. Petra Bianchi as the new Environment Protection Director. She will be replacing the outgoing Director, Mr Martin Seychell who at the end of February will be taking up a new post in Brussels as Deputy Director General at the European Commission’s Directorate for Health.
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A planning application which sought to demolish a two-storey detached building and reconstruct a four-storey residential building consisting of eight apartments and penthouse with underlying semi-basement garages in Xemxija was today turned down by the Mepa Board.
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The Environment Protection Directorate within MEPA has revised the stop notice issued to Palumbo Shipyard to allow grit blasting for a single incoming vessel, subject to strict conditions to mitigate environmental impacts. This stop notice had been issued on 29 December 2010 following complaints received by MEPA, and the operator had been requested to propose mitigating measures to be adopted during blasting operations
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A large dilapidated structure which was illegally built in the sensitive countryside area of Ta’ Gerzuma, at Rabat, was demolished by enforcement officers of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA).
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has launched a 6-six week public consultation following a review exercise it carried out on the previous draft development brief for the rehabilitation of Fort St Elmo and its environs. The reviewed development brief takes into account the new Government policy initiatives for the urban regeneration of Valletta and will serve as a proposed framework for future rehabilitation plans.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority has secured €3.4 million through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to undertake management planning for all terrestrial Natura 2000 sites in the Maltese Islands and to increase awareness of Natura 2000 amongst the general public and stakeholders
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A residential project comprising of 59 apartments and 74 lock up garages which was proposed to be carried out on a large site behind the protected building and gardens of Villa Chapelle in St. Paul’s Bay was today turned down by the MEPA Board because the entire development was too cumbersome resulting in overdevelopment.
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Following a meeting between MEPA management, Trade Union representatives and the Director of Industrial Relations Dr. Noel Vella earlier this afternoon it was agreed that the unions will today appoint an independent expert in air quality to carry out the necessary tests to confirm whether or not Hexagon House is safe to work in.
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During the month of January, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 441 applications and received 251 screening requests of which 52 were accepted. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 3,773
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Reference is made to the statement issued by Unions representing the employees who work in Hexagon House. The Unions stated that during a meeting held between the MEPA management and Unions on Thursday it was confirmed that health concerns exist within the building.
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The MEPA Board today approved the full development application for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Salini and their ancillary facilities.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has significantly reduced its development planning fees (DPFs) for new development applications that relate to social, cultural, educational and sports activities. As a result of this revision, the fee that will now need to be paid on planning applications such as hospitals, residential and educational institutions, museums, places of worship, sport facilities and social clubs has decreased by 39%. The Authority has also introduced a capping mechanism, which will be of €40,000 for such applications. Through this measure, MEPA and the Government will be assisting and encouraging non-profit making organizations in the work they carry out.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board has concluded its investigation into the processing and granting of a development planning permit for the extension of the Tal-Virtu Seminary school in Rabat. The Board, last month, called for a thorough examination to be carried out into this case, following the publication of the Auditor’s report. The Audit Officer Perit Joseph Falzon, had concluded that the development application was not assessed in accordance with the approved policies and procedures, that both the case officer and the Area Team Manager had misled the DCC and that appropriate action had to be taken in their regard.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has appointed Perit Alexander Borg as the Enforcement Director.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board today approved the most strategic and important phase of the national flood relief project which will see the construction of a storm water tunnel together with infrastructural services between Attard and the Ta’ Xbiex Marina.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board today approved the extension of the Park and Ride facility at Crown Works in Floriana to cater for an additional 470 car parking spaces.
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During the month of February, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 475 applications and received 298 screening requests of which 77 were accepted. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 3,511.
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A stable, scarpyard, a number of concrete platforms, caravans, derelict cars, billboards and barriers were among the various illegal structures MEPA’s Enforcement officers demolished and removed, over the past days, as it continued with its efforts to curb illegal development both in sensitive rural areas and also within urban areas.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has appointed Dr. Ian Stafrace as its new Chief Executive Officer.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) and the Malta Resources Authority (MRA) have launched the eagerly anticipated Water Catchment Management Plan for the Maltese Islands. Following extensive Public Consultation on the issues at hand, the document is Malta’s first ever integrated plan with clear objectives to manage and protect all waters, including coastal waters, ground waters and inland surface waters.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) strongly denies the allegations made by Labour Party spokesperson for the Environment Leo Brincat that its Director for Corporate Services Ing. Ray Piscopo may have a conflict of interest in relation to the matters involving the Authority's offices at Hexagon House.
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During the month of March, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 530 applications, received 370 screening requests and accepted 375. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 3,306.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority makes reference to a number of media reports and statements issued by Flimkien ghall-Ambjent Ahjar related to the Planning Appeals proceedings concerning the redevelopment of the former Ulysses Lodge at Ramla L-Hamra in Gozo.
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The MEPA refers to the report made by the Audit Officer of MEPA concerning the appointment of Dr Petra Bianchi as the Director Environment Protection (Audit Report 2011/010) and media coverage in respect thereof, wherein the Audit Officer is of the opinion that the appointment of Dr. Bianchi was not carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Employment and Training Services (ETS) Act, the Environment and Development Planning ACT (EDPA) and the provisions of the Public Administration Act because no public call was made leading to her appointment.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) wishes to clarify that the bird study referred to by the Times of Malta today is intended to monitor the passage of quails and turtle doves over Malta until mid-May, that is, during and after the Spring hunting season.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has issued a stop order on certain activities being carried out by Mediterranean Offshore Bunkering Co. Ltd (MOBC), until the management of this facility rectifies the situation and installs the required mitigation measures.
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The operation of pig breeding on the Island of Comino, will soon be terminated following the MEPA Board decision, earlier today, to grant a development permit for the expansion of the existing pig farm at the Ghammieri grounds, limits of Luqa.
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The Conservation of Wild Birds (Framework for allowing a derogation opening a spring hunting season for turtle dove and quail) Regulations 2010 stipulate that during the Spring hunting season hunters are obliged to send a text message (SMS) as soon as a turtle dove or quail is shot dead.
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A large structure, which was illegally built in L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha along the cliff edge in the scenic area known as L-Ahrax tal-Madonna, was demolished by enforcement officers of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA).
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has given all producers of packaging and packaging waste a final deadline, until the 31st May 2011, to register/renew with the Authority and abide by the provisions of legal notice 277 of 2006.
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Following a long discussion in today’s public meeting, the MEPA Board refused a development permit for the construction of a bus depot on an area of nearly 9300sqm located in the outside development zone of Zebbug. The Board concluded, that while it appreciates that this facility is an important component of the masterplan for the public transport reform, the proposed site, which today is virgin land, does not need to be sacrificed, when alternative sites which have already been disturbed can be sought.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) makes reference to a news conference held at a large construction site situated along Triq Ramija, Triq l-Ghid and Triq Papa Pawlu VI in Siggiewi earlier today by a contractor and his architect.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) board earlier today granted a full development permit for the construction of a new Police Academy at Ta' Kandja, limits of Siggiewi.
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During the month of April, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 505 applications, received 317 screening requests and accepted 374. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 3,186.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has upped by a further 20 Euros the penalty per tonne imposed on producers of packaging and packaging waste who have not respected the deadline of the 31st May 2011, to register/renew with the Authority packaging placed on the market during the year 2009 in accordance with the provisions of the Waste Management (Packaging and Packaging Waste) Regulations.
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A Noise Action Plan, which seeks to identify measures aimed at avoiding, preventing or reducing where necessary, the harmful exposure and effects of environmental noise on human health, resulting from major road traffic has been published by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority for public consultation.
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The water channel of Wied il-Ghasel which today is in a dilapidated state, will undergo major rehabilitation works following the approval of a development permit by the MEPA Board earlier today.
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The MEPA Board earlier today granted development permission for the construction of three new Blocks together with excavation works for an underground car park on the existing football pitch at the MCAST complex in Paola.
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Earlier today, the Mepa Board refused five planning applications that sought permission to sanction illegal works pertaining to the construction or extension of works for boathouses in Dwejra. The Mepa Board cited that these illegalities were incompatible with the ecological protection of this sensitive area and went against the public interest.
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Illegally built concrete platforms used for caravans in St Thomas Bay and illegal structures around the boathouses of Santa Marija, Mellieħa were among the various direct action operations carried out by the MEPA’s Enforcement officers over the past days. The Authority also removed large quantities of dumped construction waste in Mosta, Għaxaq and Marsaskala as it continued with its efforts to curb illegal development along the coast, in residential areas and sensitive rural areas.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority makes reference to a statement made in Parliament by the Labour Shadow Minister for Environment Leo Brincat whereby he claims that the assigned medical specialists appointed by the Authority were shoring up MEPA when examining staff members complaining of health hazards caused by the smells at Hexagon House. The medical reports he claimed were contrasting sharply with those of independent specialists. He also alleged that the technical opinion that the Labour Party had obtained showed that the scientific studies commissioned by MEPA seemed to have the sole objective of steering away from pointing an accusing finger at the main waste oil polluters in the area.
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During the month of May, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 465 applications, received 364 screening requests and accepted 369. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 2,938.
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Malta has a number of quarry operators that are engaged in the extraction of hardstone through blasting operations. The Malta Environment and Planning Authority oversees the implementation of regulations and legal obligations related to quarry operations in terms of monitoring of vibration levels from blasting operations.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority Board approved an outline development permission for the development of a Life Science Park at San Gwann. It consists in the construction works of a life science building incubation centre, supporting facilities, an underground car parking facility and landscaping.
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The Authority would like to clarify and bring to the attention of the media, a number of issues which have been wrongly interpreted and reported as regards to the approved permit in Wardija.
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Earlier today, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority Board approved for Ministerial endorsement the Fort St. Elmo Development Brief. This brief seeks to give design and development parameters for the Fort St. Elmo and the surrounding area. It also sets out the various parameters and environmentally compatible strategies that aim to utilise the potential of the area without compromising its unique historical value.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority has been notified by Enemalta Corporation that three of the four plants at Marsa Power Station (MPS) have now exceeded 20,000 operational hours.
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The St. Joseph church, which is an iconic landmark in the small rural village of Manikata was today approved as a scheduled Grade 1 building by the MEPA Board. The approval of this scheduling comes less than a month following which the Board had given its consent to the heritage planning directorate for it to conclude the administrative work that was required for this building to be scheduled as a Grade 1 property. During these past weeks the Authority also approved over 50 other Parish churches, designating as Grade 1, those which were built prior to the1900s while assigning Grade 2 status to those Parish churches which were built in the 20th Century up until 1960.
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The approved dairy farm in Maghtab which early today 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.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is ‘surprised’ by the statements and comments posted online by a number of professionals all based on incorrect statements about the Manikata Church. The latest pertains to a statement and comments indicating that the parvis area surrounding the St Joseph parish church in Manikata may not be included in the approved scheduling last Thursday and so will not be protected by the Authority.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has recently carried out a number of significant improvements to its website, offering customers and the public alike, a less complex structure for them to have public access and navigate through information for planning applications that require an EIA.
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Reference is made to a statement issued by the Marsaxlokk deputy mayor Edric Micallef. When the MEPA Board approved the full development application for the development of a 144MW extension to the Delimara Power Station on the 20 th May 2009, it had established that the final height of the chimneys remains a reserved matter. The height will be decided after the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) permit is concluded. The criteria for the issuing of such permit are determined by EU regulations.
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MEPA has commenced the public consultation process for the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) application for the Delimara Power Station extension. The existing power station, operated by Enemalta, is already regulated by an IPPC permit which limits emissions, and imposes monitoring obligations and requirements for appropriate management of the installation. The proposed extension however requires an update to the current IPPC permit.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), has developed a Plan which aims to provide guidance to all stakeholders managing Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
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The Environment Protection Directorate within MEPA gives notice that it has extended by a further week, the public consultation process for the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) application for the Delimara Power Station extension.
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The Environment Protection Directorate within MEPA gives notice that it has extended by a further week, the public consultation process for the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) application for the Delimara Power Station extension.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board yesterday approved the development of a new fish market and auxiliary parking facilities in Albert Town within Marsa Industrial Estate.
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A report on the nature, distribution and likely source of coarse black dust particles in Malta, has concluded that the Marsa Power Station was the likely source of the problem that has intermittently affected and created an inconvenience for residents living in the south eastern part of Malta.
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Earlier today, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board turned down an outline application for the demolition of Villa Degiorgio and the construction of a number of residential apartments with underlying garages in High Street, Sliema
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is today conducting an air quality monitoring and traffic count survey in relation to the Car Free Day. Data is being collected from Naxxar Road, San Gwann during a 6-hour monitoring period between 09:00 and 15:00. The air quality monitoring survey will gather real time data (every 15 mins) measurements of PM 10 and PM 2.5. Traffic count data is also being gathered from the same station. This will calculate the number of vehicles travelling in both directions at specific times during the 6-hour period.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) have scheduled a large tract of land located between Mosta and Naxxar, known as Tal-Wej, with the aim of ensuring a high level of protection for the area.
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A policy guidance document aimed at managing non-native plant invaders and restoring native plant communities in the Maltese Islands has been issued for public consultation by the Environment Protection Directorate within MEPA.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) makes reference to a media statement issued earlier today by Roderick Galdes, Labour Party spokesperson for Planning, Construction and Housing, whereby he criticized the way the MEPA Board, of which he forms part of, has been interpreting the ‘residential use of Basements’ policy.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) board approved a Ministry for Gozo project for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Cittadella in Gozo.
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The enforcement directorate within MEPA today started a comprehensive direct action operation to remove a number of illegally built storage rooms, garages, residences, swimming pools as well as dumping and reclamation in the Ta’Baldu and Wied Hazrun area, limits of Rabat and Dingli.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) makes reference to a media statement issued by Flimkien Ghall-Ambjent Ahjar whereby they accuse the Authority of issuing an outline development 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.
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Two decrees, delivered earlier this month, from the First Hall of the Civil Court have been delivered in favour of MEPA against land-owners who separately presented a prohibitory injunction to stop the Authority from taking direct action against illegalities on their respective sites.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority denies a claim made by Labour Party spokesman for the Environment Mr Leo Brincat..
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) last week, started to investigate an allegation it received that one of its employees, who occupies the role of Director, was receiving a car allowance for using his car, while simultaneously making use of one of the Authoritys cars.
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Following an extensive public consultation process, the Environment Protection Directorate within MEPA has reviewed the submissions made by Enemalta, together with the representations made by the local councils of the area and the public, and issued draft permit conditions for the extension of the Delimara power station
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The MEPA Board earlier today approved the sanctioning of works on the façade of Carga House, Santa Venera, which houses the new MITA offices. The Board noted that the applicant was taking remedial action to disassemble and reinstall those parts of the cladding on the façade so as not project by more than 15cms from the building line, as permitted by policy 7.5 of the DC2007.
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Nine local councils will be benefiting from over €300,000 by the MEPA after their projects met the necessary criteria to receive funding through Urban Development Fund (UIF). The 11 projects, which are being fully funded by the Authority, are specifically targeted at improving the quality of life for residents living in these localities.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has requested Falzon Waste Oils to cease operations due to the presence of offensive odours in the Menqa area
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (Mepa) Board, this afternoon, approved a 9-month long IPPC permit ....
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A new draft environmental permitting system has been drawn up by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) to improve the regulatory framework applicable to industrial activities of environmental significance.
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Il-Wied ta’ Balluta, which cuts through the localities of Sliema and St. Julians has been scheduled as an Area of Ecological Importance by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority.
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Il-Wied ta’Balluta, which cuts through the localities of Sliema and St. Julians has been scheduled as an Area of Ecological Importance (AEI) by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA).
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board granted full development permission for the construction of a storm water tunnel together with other infrastructural services for the area known as Ghar id-Duhhan, between the localities of Marsascala and Xghjara.
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Over the past weeks, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) continued with its efforts to curb illegal development in 9 localities across Malta and Gozo. The main focus was the demolition of a number illegally built structures and a clusters of rooms, in sensitive outside development areas.
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The Enforcement Directorate within MEPA today started demolishing the roofing of an illegally constructed two-storey building adjacent to the Mosta football ground. This action was being taken just a few days after the enforcement order was issued, after the developer defied the Authority’s warnings on a number of occasions.
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During the month of June, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 456 applications, received 343 screening requests and accepted 371. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 2,700
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During the month of July, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 492 applications, received 295 screening requests and accepted 237. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 2,607.
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During the month of August, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 348 planning applications. During the same month the Planning Directorate received 338 screening application. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 2,345.
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During the month of September, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 372 planning applications. During the same month the Planning Directorate received 315 screening application requests while the pre-screening process for 225 applications was completed and validated. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 2,274.
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During the month of October, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 377 planning applications. During the same month the Planning Directorate received 314 screening application requests while the pre-screening process for 280 applications was completed and validated. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 2,182.
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During the month of November, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 409 planning applications. During the same month the Planning Directorate received 375 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 2,149.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) in partnership with the National Statistics Office has published the Environment Report Indicators 2009. Now in its fifth year, this annual publication which keeps track of the status and trends relating to the Maltese environment, complements the State of the Environment Report and aims to provide easy access to environmental information for policymakers, organisations and the public.
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During the month of December, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 250 planning applications. During the same month the Planning Directorate received 334 screening application requests while the pre-screening process for 181 applications was completed and validated. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 2,092.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board today granted a full development permit to re-enable the relocation of a petrol station, a vehicle servicing garage and open storage area, which today are sited in and around the village piazza of Mgarr adjacent a children’s playfield, the Parish Church and bus stop. All the present activities are incompatible within the urban environment and are a health hazard to the local community. An outline development permit for the relocation of these activities was granted in 2006 and the full development permit approved today is a consequence of such an outline permit which is still valid and in force.
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