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Interesting article on the Times of Malta by Perit Michael Falzon, Honorary President of the Malta Developers Association.

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

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MDA favours strengthening of the law for better protection against fire hazards

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

The Malta Developers Association welcomes in the most positive manner the news announced by Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg that laws on protection against fires in buildings are to be consolidated as part of the reform in the construction sector.

As the Minister rightly said, the law on security against fires in buildings is currently sporadic and fragmented, and the MDA feels that this reform, which will enable the law to be strengthened in this area, is urgently needed.

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MDA says Mepa permit renewal is not what they requested

The Malta Developers Association (MDA) has said the government’s and Mepa’s decision to automatically renew development permits issued after August 2006 was not what it had initially requested.

They said although this decision would help several developers who were in doubt as to whether their permits were going to be renewed, there was a difference between it and the MDA’s requests.

“The MDA’s request originated because of a particular situation: a number of developers possessed building permits when the commencement of works was contraindicated in the prevalent negative climate of the property market,” they said.

This meant these developers would have ended up starting works simply to avoid the risk of their permits not being renewed.

“The certainty that these permits would be renewed would avoid commencement of works on developments for which developers did not have the necessary resources and good prospects for sale. As a result, it was probable that these developments would not be completed, with the resulting negative impact on the area in which they are situated, as well as being a waste of the country’s resources,” they said.

With this in mind, MDA said it asked for a one-time concession on permits issued in the past five years, for development on which works had not yet commenced, to be automatically renewed.

“The announced decision does not fulfil all the objectives for which the MDA had made its request because of substantial differences between the MDA proposal and the authorities’ decision that, it must be said, was made without any consultation with us,” they said.

“Among these differences, one would point out that the MDA had clearly excluded permits for sites outside the limits of development, known as ODZ, from the concession for automatic renewals.”

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