Campaigns

25 Aug

Development Pressures within Protected Archaeological Buffer Zones

Din l-Art Helwa calls on the Malta Environment and Planning Authority to exercise the highest level of prudence when considering planning applications within the designated buffer zones of archaeological sites of international importance in Malta and Gozo. Din l-Art Helwa is concerned about 2 applications for new development presently under consideration by Mepa, that fall within scheduled archaeological areas. Application PA 7946/05...

23 Aug

A Quarter of Ta’ Cenc Site Earmarked for Unspecified Future Development in Phase II

23rd August 2007 – A second draft of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Ta’ Cenc development proposal was recently submitted to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (Mepa) without any information on the plans for Phase II, said Din l-Art Helwa. Phase II will cover around a quarter (approx. 350 tumoli) of the entire site of Ta’ Cenc, described...

28 Jun

Letter to the Times from DLH & Gaia on Ramla l-Hamra

28 June 2007 We refer to Sylvana Debono’s letter of 27th June on behalf of Mepa, in reply to our previous statement that almost one third of the area approved for redevelopment at Ramla Bay consists of structures built without a permit, and that these cannot qualify for redevelopment. These structures consist of storage rooms, large elevated terraces used as car parks,...

19 Jun

Ramla Bay permit – Din l-Art Helwa & the Gaia Foundation

Press Release 19 June 2007 The NGOs Din l-Art Helwa and the Gaia Foundation today again questioned MEPA’s decision to issue a permit to redevelop ‘Ulysses Lodge’ in Ramla Bay, Gozo on the requested footprint. On 6th May the MEPA Board granted a permit...

06 Jun

DLH slams Mepa approval of tourist complex at Ramla Bay

6th June 2007 Din l-Art Helwa expresses its strong disapproval of today’s decision taken by the MEPA board to grant a permit for the construction of a large tourist complex in Ramla Bay, Xaghra, Gozo. The existing buildings known as ‘Ulysses Lodge’ are to be demolished and replaced with...

01 Oct

Heritage Superintendence warns Authority on Ta Cenc

Maltatoday 1st October 2006, by James Debono – The Superintendence for Cultural Heritage has written to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority expressing concern on the impact of the proposed Ta Cenc development on the area overlooking Xewkija, Maltatoday has learned. The area known as Ta Gruwa is earmarked for the development of 49 villas. “This area contains an important stretch of...

23 Aug

Local plan ‘allows’ Ta Cenc project

Times of Malta, 23 August 2006, by Mark Micallef – The recently approved local plan for Gozo and Comino effectively gives the controversial Ta’ Cenc development plan the go ahead despite running contrary to the Structure Plan, according to Din L-Art Helwa. Together with “this so-called multi-ownership tourism hotel development”, the NGO said, the local plan now also allows construction in...