Planning Authority removes illegally-built structures

Planning Authority

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The Planning Authority has removed a number of illegally-built structures over the past weeks.

Structures in Qrendi and Xlendi were among the illegal developments removed, the Planning Authority said in a statement on Tuesday. Some these structures dated back as the early 1980s and were removed after the PA compliance and enforcement officers warned those involved of imminent direct action.

Last year the authority started tackling the pending caseload of enforcement notices and it took a strategic approach on old cases. The number of pending enforcement notices was reduced by 61% when compared to the previous year.

A rural structure measuring over 120m² and built in the early 1980s, in close proximity to the Ħagar Qim Temples, limits of Qrendi, was demolished. The site has been returned to its original state. The Planning Authority explained that the structure had been built without planning permission along Triq il-Kbir and had been served with an enforcement notice in 1999.

A number of rooms on agricultural land in a site off Triq tal-Gharix, Qrendi were also demolished and the site was reinstated to its previous use.

A canopy structure outside a restaurant across the waterfront in Xlendi was also removed. The Planning Authority explained that in this case a planning application to sanction the illegality and an appeal against the enforcement notice were withdrawn. The owner was slapped with a daily fine after the enforcement notice was issued. The canopy included illegal signage and the placing of tables and chairs which were also removed.

A number of disused cars and other heavy machinery and vehicles which were left abandoned in a site within Wied il-Ghasel, limits of Mosta, were removed. The site is part of an area, with more than 1.5km in length, where the Planning Authority had given planning permission for a rehabilitation and upgrading project to be carried out in 2017. The area starts off from Wied Għajn Riħana near the Victoria Lines, between Mosta and Bidnija, and extends to the proximity of the Grade 1 Scheduled Chapel, dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, right down in the valley beyond the quarries.

The authority intends to continue with the clampdown on illegal development.