MDA insists its Budget proposals as agreed before general election

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The Malta Developers Association presented a substantial document with concrete proposals for Budget 2018, some of which can be implemented immediately.

MDA President Sandro Chetcuti, who headed a delegation of Council members, augured that the Prime Minister and his Government would continue to achieve further progress and success in its endeavours to take the country to the next level. He praised Government’s initiatives that have truly brought the best of times in terms of employment and a booming economy.

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Both PN leadership contenders request meeting with MDA

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The two Nationalist Party leadership contenders, Dr Adrian Delia and Dr Chris Said, held separate meetings with the Malta Developers Association Council. The meetings, held at the request of the two candidates, turned out to be two long, fruitful discussions.

Both Dr Delia and Dr Said acknowledged the good work of the MDA and its highly valid contribution to the country.

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Property ownership does not include right for views over third-party property – MDA

The Malta Developers Association (MDA) refers to reports in the media regarding the Environmental Planning Statement (EPS) submitted to MEPA on the proposed development of three adjacent sites in the Ta’ Masrija area, limits of Mellieha.

MDA agrees totally with the statement that the Planning System cannot be expected to protect views enjoyed by property owners over third-party properties. In fact the so-called right for views has never been a part of the rights of property in Malta and was never protected by any planning regime, including the current one prevailing in the country.

In this case, the sites in question are within the development zone and therefore applications for development should be considered according to the parameters applicable to the site.

Without entering into the specific merits of the particular applications involved, MDA reiterates the following principles that should apply to sites such as the ones in Ta’ Masrija area, Mellieha:

1. Property ownership does not include right for views over third-party property.
2. Permits for sites within development areas should be treated as such by MEPA and an inordinate time in processing relevant applications can never be justified.
3. The rights of developers for development permits should not be subject to considerations of supply and demand in the property market as it is solely the developers concerned who decide to risk their own money in development projects. MEPA is not – and should not – assume the role of a regulator that interferes in the free market by imposing restrictions based on market considerations rather than on planning ones.


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