ERA objects to proposed Zebbug development in Gozo

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ERA objects to proposed Zebbug development in GozoThe Environment and Resources Authority, in a statement today, has said that it objects to a development proposal in Zebbug, Gozo.

It said that, “no development and works should be allowed to take place within the area earmarked for a development proposal of six apartments, parking and pool in Zebbug, Gozo.”

The ERA added that, “should the development still be given the green light by the Planning Authority, ERA may not be in a position to grant the nature and tree permits that are legally required to accommodate the proposed interventions.”

The Authority said that its objection to the proposed development was provided to the Planning Authority on the 23rd of March, in its capacity as an external consulter and an interested party.

In its position, the ERA put forward its concerns about the “strong visual impact and the significant degradation that the proposed development is envisaged to have on the environmentally sensitive site.”

The ERA continued by saying that “the interventions being proposed would degrade the environment through the loss of natural habitat from extensive construction.”

The Authority concluded that it “envisages that the proposal would adversely impact the valley system and its overall rural character, and would require the uprooting of existing trees and other vegetation typically found on such cliff sides.”

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