News

13 Mar

Planning, gone to the pits – Alex Torpiano

We need checks and controls to reduce impact of the powerful and rich lobbies. Last August, I wrote refusing Johann Buttigieg’s testimony that equated developers lobbying for their projects with eNGOs acting against inappropriate project proposals. Read more ...

12 Mar

AGM 2021 FINANCIAL REPORT

Annual Report for year ended 31st December 2020 We have all experienced the unprecedented effects of 2020 and the difficulties resulting from COVID19, be it in jobs, health and societal interactions. In addition, our built and natural environment continued to face a relentless assault. Read more ...

06 Mar

AGM 2021 ADDRESS BY EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT

  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  24 FEBRUARY 2021 ADDRESS BY EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT PROFESSOR ALEX TORPIANO Good Evening. Welcome to this very particular AGM, held in a difficult pandemic situation. This past year was the 55th anniversary of the foundation of Din l-Art Helwa, but unfortunately we...

03 Mar

THE DIN L-ART ĦELWA XV ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS

DIN L-ART ĦELWA ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF XV EDITION ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE AWARDS On the 26th February, the award ceremony for the XV edition of the Din l-Art Ħelwa Awards for Architectural Heritage took place at Our Lady of Victory Church, Valletta. The prizes were presented by the Honorable Clayton Bartolo, Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection, who congratulated the winners on their...

01 Dec

Hal Ferħ – Government approves Government proposal

On Monday 30th November, the Environment and Development Planning Parliamentary Committee approved the proposal by the Planning Authority to make a partial change to the 2006 North West Local Plan, and to the 2008 Hal Ferħ Development Brief, to allow permanent residences within the Hal Ferħ complex. A number of NGOs had highlighted the incongruity of the Planning...

25 Nov

The farce has to stop – Alex Torpiano

The Planning Authority farce of protecting heritage buildings while burying them under multi-storey extensions is changing into a tragedy. The misguided concept of protecting Grade 2 scheduled properties but allowing them to be overpowered by multi-storey extensions, perched on top of the ‘protected’ facades, has been called out many times by Din l-Art Ħelwa, and others. The debacle in Spinola...

25 Nov

Old windmills under threat – Joanna Spiteri Staines

Windmills are an iconic part of our landscape and appear as prominent buildings within many of our historic towns. Most of these windmills were built during the period of the Knights in order to help with food production, although some of these windmills were also utilised for the production of gunpowder. The location of these windmills is such that they capture the...

19 Oct

Din l-Art Helwa welcomes reversal of decision by PA

Press Release Din l-Art Ħelwa notes with satisfaction that the Planning Authority has reversed a previous decision to prevent the publication of information on applications for major projects until the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment, or until the relative documentation was deemed to be complete. The decision of the Planning Authority to withhold this information from the public realm was considered...