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Philip Leone Ganado

  • More demolition planned for Balluta’s historic Villa St Ignatius

    More demolition planned for Balluta’s historic Villa St Ignatius

    More demolition has been proposed for Balluta’s Villa St Ignatius, despite pending court action over the illegal pulling-down of another part of the historic building last year. A planning application submitted by developer Paul Gauci seeks to...

  • PA approves 38-storey db Group tower by 10 votes to four

    PA approves 38-storey db Group tower by 10 votes to four

    The Planning Authority has decided on the db Group’s controversial proposed 38-storey tower and 17-storey hotel at the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) site in St George’s Bay. The project was approved despite unprecedented opposition from local...

  • Bigger hall, but not enough space for objectors at PA's db tower hearing

    Bigger hall, but not enough space for objectors at PA's db tower hearing

    The Planning Authority may have to turn objectors away from today’s hearing, expected to decide on controversial plans for a 38-storey tower and 17-storey hotel in St George’s Bay, due to huge demand for places. The sitting will take place at a...

  • Holiday at top Kenya resort... and do some voluntary work

    Holiday at top Kenya resort...  and do some voluntary work

    Maltese people travelling to Kenya tend to fall into two broad categories: tourists, often seeking the thrills of safari rides and the pampering of luxury resorts, and volunteers looking to make a difference. So what happens when you combine the...

  • A tower too far? - Huge decision for the PA on Thursday

    A tower too far? - Huge decision for the PA on Thursday

    The Planning Authority is on Thursday expected to decide whether to grant permission for the db Group’s proposed 38-storey tower and 17-storey hotel at the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) site in St George’s Bay. But with lingering policy...

  • Author boycotts her own Valletta 2018 play

    Author boycotts her own Valletta 2018 play

    The author of a play being staged as part of the Valletta 2018 programme is boycotting performances of her own play in protest against the conduct of the chairman Jason Micallef. Lizzie Eldridge’s play Friefet Bojod, which she describes as...

  • Whatever happened to public domain status?

    Whatever happened to public domain status?

    More than a year after 24 sites were proposed for public domain status, authorities are still assessing ownership issues and it remains unclear when the sites may be formally granted protection. In July 2017, the Planning Authority published a...

  • Żejtun fuel station application rejected

    Żejtun fuel station application rejected

    The Planning Authority board has turned down an application for a fuel station outside development zones in Żejtun, which would have been built on agricultural land close to the Bulebel industrial estate. Read: Controversial Żejtun fuel station...

  • Watch: Police drag activists out of Planning Authority premises

    Watch: Police drag activists out of Planning Authority premises

    8.40pm - Update 10 with PD reaction below The police dragged rowdy protesters out of the Planning Authority premises on Thursday, after they showed up at a board meeting in protest over controversial plans for another new fuel station outside...

  • Lija council joins chorus of protests over garden ‘uprooting’

    Lija council joins chorus of protests over garden ‘uprooting’

    The Lija local council has added its voice to the storm of objections over plans to demolish a large 400-year-old garden at the crossroads of the Three Villages to build six new houses. The application, yet to be assessed by the Planning...