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Title: Never-ending ODZ ping pong
Authors: Deidun, Alan
Keywords: Land use -- Environmental aspects -- Malta
Din l-Art Helwa
Malta Environment and Planning Authority
Issue Date: 2015-05-31
Publisher: Allied Newspapers Ltd.
Citation: Deidun, A. (2015, May 31). Never-ending ODZ ping pong. The Times of Malta, pp. 1-2.
Abstract: In recent weeks, Outside Development Zones have risen in status, from a obscure notion in the minds of many to a preferred cannonball for some politicians. Those who have been ranting for years about the need to preserve Malta’s remaining ODZ areas are astounded at the Damascene conversion some political exponents have undergone in recent weeks as far as ODZ sites are involved. For instance, spurred by the proposed American University at Żonqor, the Nationalist Party has been spilling a large quantity of tears over the loss of ODZ, despite the fact that Malta lost 15 per cent of its agricultural land between 1987 and 2002, equivalent to over 1,200 hectares, and that a total of 300 hectares of ODZ has been wiped off the map since 1995 as a result of granted permits. The proposed American University spans nine hectares.
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