Proposed Ramla l-Hamra development 'lies on public land' -
Sunday, July 29, 2007

Simultaneously with the detailed report submitted by environment planning consultant Lino Bianco to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) last week requesting the revocation of the outline planning permit for the development of villas instead of Ulysses Lodge at Ramla l-Hamra, another report has been submitted by the same consultant with respect to the full permit, Carmen Bajada, a resident and a Xaghra councillor said yesterday.

The report, which was prepared on behalf of Ms Bajada, states that MEPA had effectively granted the permit for the construction of villas on a public right of way, a property that was declared to belong to the applicant, Ms Bajada claimed.

The report includes proof that the property is public and includes a copy of the application of the Lands Department to register government property in the area, she noted.

From this application it transpires that the villas will be built in the middle of a public road.

In the report, Mr Bianco informed the MEPA chairman that if he were to forward the permit to the applicant, MEPA will be "held criminally responsible for granting consent to a pretended right by a private party, which pretended right interferes with the public enjoyment of an official right of way".

Mr Bianco has forwarded a copy of the report to the Lands Department and to the Commissioner of Police.

Ms Bajada said that this and last week's reports would be published shortly. On the Website one can find a petition calling for the annulment of the development.

"We were extremely impressed by the high number of foreigners worldwide who have signed the petition online," Ms Bajada said when contacted.

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