Front Ħar­sien ODZ op­poses land recla­ma­tion for real es­tate pur­poses

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Front Ħar­sien ODZ said yes­ter­day it op­poses land recla­ma­tion for real es­tate/ho­tel pur­poses. In the spe­cific case of Paceville, its op­po­si­tion also re­lates to the fact that a marine pro­tected area ex­ists close to the site iden­ti­fied for land recla­ma­tion, the NGO said in a state­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan, the devel­op­ment on re­claimed land near Por­tomaso would com­prise res­i­den­tial units over 50 per cent of the land, ho­tels on 44 per cent, of­fices on five per cent and “other” us­ing one per cent.

In view of Malta’s small size and the im­me­di­ate prox­im­ity of lo­cal­i­ties, it is il­log­i­cal to have a mas­ter plan for one area and not mas­ter plan for ar­eas close to it.

There­fore, Front Ħar­sien ODZ calls for a na­tional mas­ter plan that com­prises eco­log­i­cal, so­cial, eco­nomic, traf­fic and waste im­pact as­sess­ments be­fore devel­op­ment pro­pos­als such as the one in ques­tion are pro­cessed. The na­tional mas­ter plan should be ev­i­dence-based and should have clear in­di­ca­tors on Malta’s car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity in re­la­tion to fac­tors such as those men­tioned above.

Front Ħar­sien ODZ also calls for full trans­parency and there­fore calls for the pub­li­ca­tion of all sub­mis­sions by devel­op­ers to the gov­ern­ment and the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity.

This photo was do­ing the rounds on Face­book yes­ter­day: peo­ple eat­ing on the ter­race at the Surf­side restau­rant in Sliema while be­low work­ers chip away at the col­umns sup­port­ing the ter­race. It seems no one has learnt any­thing fol­low­ing the Bar­racuda near-tragedy a few months ago!

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