A new category for Irrestawra Darek scheme announced

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius launch 'Irrestawra Darek' Triq Matty Grima, Bormla DOI/ Jeremy Wonnacott

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, has announced a new category involving conservation areas, as part of the Irrestawra Darek scheme.

The scheme, which is now in its third year, focuses on providing grants for the upgrading of Grade 1 and Grade 2 scheduled residential buildings and streetscapes.

This year, the scheme is introducing the category of ‘Streetscapes in Urban Conservation Areas’, focused on residential homes with commercial aspects.

According to the Minister, complexes which measure up to 50 metres or more will be eligible, with residents able to make a joint application to the Planning Authority.

If successful, the properties will be allocated €20,000 each from the total €1 million allocation for the category.

The Minister Ian Borg said, ‘Maltese people love their homes. Maltese people invest in their homes. And Maltese people have clearly shown, even last year, that they are interested in participating in this collective upgrade of our country’s architecture. I look forward to continuing witnessing more investment and further improvements to the quality of life of the people. The Government remains committed to do its part, to bring success to the people, to ensure that one surplus after the other, families, couples, the elderly can continue experiencing benefits, and we will continue working towards this goal.’

The scheme is expected to start on 10th June and be open until 30th August.  Guidelines state that projects must be carried out within three years along with the necessary paperwork and permits cleared before works begin.