MEPA organising information sessions on new planning legislation
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has said that a series of information sessions related to the legislation which will give administrative powers to the new Planning Authority, as of the beginning of April, are currently being organised by the Authority for key stakeholders, including environment NGOs.
MEPA stated that, "in contrast to what the Ramblers, FAA and Friends of the Earth declared yesterday, the Authority has not excluded environment NGOs from these information sessions. In fact, an information session is scheduled for Tuesday, the 29th of March together with local councils as they are now also consultees to the planning process."
To date the Authority has held information sessions for its own employees, for Periti, Avukati and developers and for consultees and public authorities, it said.
During these planned information sessions, MEPA said its officials are outlining the salient points of the recently published Development Planning Act 2016 and Environment and Planning Review Tribunal Act 2016, together with an overview of the forthcoming legal notices which relate to Development Planning (Procedure for applications and their determination) Regulations and Development Planning (Health and Sanitary) Regulations.
MEPA said that "this is the first time that information sessions are being held with all stakeholders to explain the provisions of the law to all parties before actually enacting the law."