By David Robinson

The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) has seven new marina projects on its books that are awaiting planning permission. The news was revealed recently in a Maltese Parliament replay given by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to MP Censu Galea.

The seven projects are in Għajnsielem (two applications), Cospicua, Sliema, Marsascala, Floriana, and “national territory” Marsamxett Harbour/Lazzaretto Creek/Manoel Island.

A MEPA spokesman has outlined these projects to SB as follows:

Ghajnsielem, Gozo

These two projects, Numbers 146856 and 146857, are currently pre-submission applications which will be validated by the Authority only when all the information requested by MEPA has been provided and related fees paid. These two projects relate respectively to the provision of “Proposed yacht berths and floating pontoon” and a “Proposed organised boat mooring”.

Marsamxetto Harbour/Lazaretto Creek, Manoel Island

Project number PA/03254/03. This project is planned for what is described in Malta as National Territory and it relates to the construction of a breakwater to enclose a marina.

No 1, Dock Area, Misrah Gavino Gulia, Cospicua (Bormla)

Project number PA/08201/06. This project is sited in one of Malta’s oldest maritime areas, being the site of the very first dry dock built by the British Admiralty to service naval vessels. The outline planning application here calls for the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the dock area Bormla, to include residential and mixed-use facilities, landscaping, restoration of existing buildings, and yacht-berthing facilities.

South Shore, Ix-Xatt Ta’ Tigne, Sliema

Project PA/04637/07. This proposes the installations of pontoons for yachts

Marsascala Bay (various streets), Marsascala

Under this proposal, application PA/00118/09, it is planned to redevelop the ex-national waterpolo pitch into a mixed-use development including sports and recreational facilities; residential, tourist accommodation and commercial spaces; and redevelopment of an all-weather yacht marina including reorganisation of mooring, construction of breakwater, placing of pontoons and upgrading of quays and ancillary facilities.

Marsamxett Harbour, Triq Sa Maison, Floriana, Triq Marina, Triq Zammit Clapp, Pieta

Project PA01010/05. This involves Sa Maison Marina at Marsamxett Harbour in lieu of existing ro-ro berth. It calls for the installation of a new marina with landside improvements at Sa Maison and new jetty, revetment system and electrical supply trench extension at Pieta, including sub-station.

These are not all new projects, with some of them going back a number of years. One project that has recently been approved is the construction at Grand Harbour Marina of a 130m (427ft) berth, which it plans to build. This is rather less that the original planning application, which related to the development of five berths up to 145m (440ft).