Ramla l-Hamra permit under investigation - http://www.maltastar.com/
maltastar.com team Thu, 02 August 2007

A day after environmentalists criticised Mepa for not issuing an official comment on expert reports calling for the revocation of the permits for villas at Ramla l-Hamra bay, the authority issued a curt statement announcing it is investigating them.

On Wednesday, the Save Ramla Committee announced that it had received no reaction from the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (Mepa), regarding the two expert reports they commissioned, and which were handed to the authority over two weeks ago. In reaction, on Thursday the authority issued a statement stating that it is “assessing” the request for the revocation of the Ramla l-Hamra villas permits.

The two reports, penned by Lino Bianco, an environment planning consultant, give details on how the architects representing the Gozitan developer defrauded Mepa by giving incorrect information in the application form. This in itself, constitutes enough grounds on the basis of which Mepa should withdraw the outline permit it issued a few years ago. At the same time, in another report, Bianco observed that according to the permit issued by Mepa, the developers will be encroaching on a public passage.

Carmen Bajada, a spokesperson for the Save Ramla committee and a Xaghra local councillor, reminded that Bianco’s report states that if Mepa were to send the permit document to the applicant, MEPA would 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”.

But Save Ramla announced that it is informed that the full permit, though printed, has not yet been sent to the developer. This means that construction works at Ramla l-Hamra cannot yet commence.

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02 Aug 2007 by Saveramla.com