|Maltatoday, 14th September 2008, by Matthew Vella –
Over 200 signatories including residents from the Santa Marija Estate in Mellieha, have called on the government to uphold planning policies and save the area from further development that will turn it “into a concrete jungle”.
The petition, presented by the Santa Marija and Kortin residents’ association, was presented to the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Austin Walker, to take protective measures against ensuing development in the area.
Buyers were bound by strict contractual obligations to only build a detached bungalow on their plot, surrounded by an open space or a garden in order to preserve the green area of the estate.
The petitioners have written to the Prime Minister to complain about MEPA’s “misguided relaxation” of building policies, saying it is “slowly but surely eroding the character of the estate”.
The petitioners claim MEP’s decision to allow two adjacent semi-detached units on one plot has provided developers with “the opportunity and financial attraction of buying old bungalows to replace them with two semi-detached units” and “is still doing most damage to the character of the estate”.
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