Wied Għomor: Front Ħarsien ODZ warns developers must not threaten citizens
Front Ħarsien ODZ yesterday said it expects the Planning Tribunal to uphold earlier decisions to refuse permits for three planning applications in and around Wied Għomor.
The first appeal, regarding the extension of a private villa and addition of a swimming pool, to be heard tomorrow, should be refused again, given that the existing structure is illegal.
Regarding the second case, the construction of a twofloor ‘extension,’ swimming pool, cesspit and reservoir adjacent to a farmhouse, to be heard on 6 October, the Front noted “a worrying increase in the reliance upon affidavits to determine past use of property. Determining whether a property was once used as a residence should depend upon clear and transparent processes, and not upon any individual’s memory and/or integrity.”
Finally, another application to be heard on 22 November, regards the construction of a 133-room retirement home and ancillary facilities in a disused quarry.
“The Front objects to developer Laurence Galea’s recent statement in the press that residents must choose between his retirement home or further quarrying activities. Permits for such activities must be granted through an objective and transparent process via the relevant authorities and developers must not be allowed to think that Maltese citizens will be held to ransom by their threats.
“All three applications should be refused on the grounds that they are located Outside Development Zone, on agricultural land with significant natural vegetation, and in a system of valleys which are protected as Areas of Ecological Importance and Sites of Scientific Importance.”
Front Ħarsien ODZ said it will be attending the hearings.