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The Malting Pot’s guide to ODZ development in Malta

Happy World Environment Day everyone! To celebrate this special day, I have drawn up a comprehensive overview of contentious planned and allowed ODZ development across the Maltese Islands. In a country where its Governments have absolutely no respect for its environment and for the public that would like to enjoy it, I think it is about time that we quantify and illustrate the extent of ODZ development in Malta.

The following map shows some of the infamous ODZ developmental issues in Malta over the past decade. Some of these have unfortunately been given the green light, others have simply dropped under the radar so that no one is aware of their status, and others are still in discussion.

ODZ Map

A – (fake) American University of Malta at Zonqor Point

Area at stake – 91,000m²

B – Yacht Marina and Cruise Liner terminal at Qala Coastline

Area at stake – approx 85,000m² (undisturbed area around the quarry)

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C – Useless megapolis at Xemxija Hill/Mistra Ridge

Area at stake – approx 30,000m²

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D – Bungalows behind Mellieha Bay Hotel

Area at stake – approx 35,000m²

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E – Church Schools in Hal-Ghaxaq

Area at stake – 80,000m²

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(Photo credit: TimesofMalta)

F – Lidl in Xewkija, Gozo

Area taken – 1440m² (this project has been completed)

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G – Private Residence for the elderly at Wied Garnaw

Area at stake- Unknown

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H – Mushroom Farm in Gharb

Area at stake- 15,000m²

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(Photo credit: VictorGalea)

I – Private residence in Wied Marcia in Bahrija Valley

Area at stake- unknown

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J – Extension of Ta’ Cenc hotel and apartments at Ta’ Cenc

Area at stake – unknown, but significant

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K – Development at Hondoq ir-Rummien

Area at stake – unknown, but significant

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L – Arriva Bus Depot in Zebbug

Area at stake – 9300m²

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(Photo credit: TimesofMalta)

Total ODZ area up for grabs = approximately 350,000m², or 0.11% of Malta’s entire area. This figure excludes the thousands of other ODZ applications that we are unsure if they have been accepted. The applications for the past ten years (since 2005), roughly equate to 30,000,000m² or 9.5% of Malta total area. Happy World Environment Day Malta! We love you so much!

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  1. Antoine Vella

    The answer given by Michael Falzon is misleading (in the last link), to say the least. The 2.3 million square metres include about 1.7 – 1.8 million which were already built in 2006 (including Mtarfa, Mġarr in Gozo, part of Mater Dei, gas tanks, etc.) These sites were simply declared Development Zones as it did not make sense to keep calling them ODZ.

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