NTM and AD welcome MEPA decision on Mistra
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Nature Trust (Malta) has said that it welcomes the Mepa board decision to reverse the Mistra case permit. This is a site of high ecological value which should have never been given a permit for development from the very start.
NTM added that it now hopes that this wave will continue to ensure that such sites are protected to the full. Furthermore NTM hopes that other projects and applications in ODZ areas will never be granted permits but protected by the authority whose main responsibility is also nature protection.
NTM concluded by saying that it has been following this case since it came to light and will be discussing further issues on this case in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Alternattiva Demokratika has said that it is closely following the development of the Mistra Spin Valley scandal.
Carmel Cacopardo, AD Spokesman for Sustainable Development and Local Government welcomed yesterday’s unanimous decision of the MEPA Board which in terms of section 39A of the Development Planning Act withdrew the outline permit that had been issued by Division ‘A’ of the Development Control Commission.
Carmel Cacopardo further invited MEPA to consider other permits which merit the same treatment. First on the list is the supermarket in the limits of Kirkop/Safi in respect of which the same Division ‘A’ of the Development Control Commission had approved a permit notwithstanding a negative recommendation of Planning Directorate and also in view of its being outside the development zone.