‘Development should not come at the expense of exploiting land,’ Grech tells construction lobby

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Partit Nazzjonalista leader Bernard Grech has told the Malta Developers Association that a balance is needed between the beautification of the islands and development. He warned that this should not come at the expense of exploiting land.

Grech held a meeting with MDA on Thursday in which he said that land must not be developed and exploited but instead developed in a way that adds value to the country’s environment and resources.

In a statement the party said that during the meeting, the 12 pillars as being put forward by Partit Nazzjonalista were discussed. The Opposition Leader outlined PN’s belief that political decisions should be based on people’s needs while the country’s aesthetic value needs to be attractive whilst strengthening our personal environment.

MDA President Sandro Chetcuti noted that over the past ten years the association has grown to over 1,000 members which include developers, contractors, agents, landlords, among others. This has made the MDA a strong voice for the industry, where the authorities can find a reliable and reasonable representative of an important economic sector, speaking with one voice, Chetcuti said.

During the meeting, the association said that it was of the belief that it is high time that mitigation measures are introduced to address problems connected to lack of proper holistic planning.

Chetcuti claimed that the council shared and understood the public’s concerns on overdevelopment, lack of open and green spaces and loss of identity and character of traditional towns and villages.

“Noting that most of these concerns are a direct result of many years of lack of proper holistic planning across all political administrations, the MDA, is determined to propose mitigation measures for discussion aimed at saving what’s left of Malta and to find the right balance between the needs of the industry and sustainability,” Chetcuti said.