Paceville Mas­ter­plan: Front ODZ op­poses land recla­ma­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Front Ħar­sien ODZ notes that a mas­ter­plan has been pre­pared for Paceville. We note that pro­posed de­vel­op­ment also in­cludes land recla­ma­tion for real es­tate/ho­tel pur­poses. 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.

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

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, ma­rine, 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 govern­ment and the Plan­ning Author­ity.

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