Showing posts from October, 2016

Mysterious Għar Lapsi balcony is set in stone - No evidence to issue enforcement order, says PA

A ‘mysterious’ concrete balcony protruding from the Għar Lapsi coastal cliffs enjoying unobstructed views of Filfla is there to stay, as according to the planning watchdog there is no “solid evidence” to issue an enforcement order.

Completely concealed from land, the structure is only visible from the sea. It was flagged a few weeks ago by environmentalist Alan Deidun, who posted a photo on his Facebook account.
While questioning the legality of what he sarcastically described as “a room with a view” he questioned if this was yet another audacious attempt to have a property in a privileged location.

A close up of the concrete balcony captured by Planning Authority staff during a recent inspection.
“Seems like constructions within cliffs themselves have become the next frontier,” he remarked.
Comments below Prof. Deidun’s post claimed that the ‘balcony’ was connected to nearby boathouses next to the Għar Lapsi public convenience.

This newspaper asked with the Planning Authority to ver…

Well-preserved 18th-century ruin, standing in isolation: The Devil’s Farmhouse in Malta

The Devil’s Farmhouse, also known in Maltese as “Ir-Razzett tax-Xitan”, and officially as “Ir-Razzett Tax-Xjaten” (“The Farmhouse of the Devils,” or “The Devils’ Farmhouse”), is an 18th-century farmhouse in Mellieha, Malta, built by the Order of St. John to be used as a horse stable. According to a national Maltese myth, however, the farmhouse was actually built by the devil, a tale from which it derives its historic name.

The building has a simple and modest vernacular architecture, with slit windows, that function as ventilators, and waterspouts. It has no inscriptions or symbols to provide further information about its use apart from some roman numbers (i.e. I, II, III) that were inscribed when it was converted to a farmhouse. These are found on the walls and woods, and record the sale of products....

Read the full article on The Vintage News.

Paceville mega-projects will generate 2 million cubic metres of construction waste

Increase in construction activity to result in vast quantities of construction-waste which would increase pressure to use this material for land reclamation projects which will only be viable if more apartments are built on reclaimed sea.

The nine-mega developments in Paceville are expected to create between one and two million cubic metres of construction waste - more than the total amount of construction waste dumped in a single year.
The amount could increase further with the excavation of a tunnel proposed under regional road earmarked for after 2018.
Altogether, the nine Paceville developments included in the master plan will create 1.17 million square metres of new ground space set on different floors-which is nine times that of the combined Mriehel and Sliema towers approved by the Planning Authority in August.
The two projects - which have a combined gross floor area of 135,149 square metres - will together generate 276,115 cubic metres of excavation waste.
Although a direc…