Chloe Portelli hit by fresh raft of Planning Authority enforcement orders

‘Build and sanction’ by Gozo magnate’s daughter continues unabated

 

The Planning Authority (PA) has issued a raft of enforcement orders against Chloe Portelli – daughter of Gozitan construction magnate Joseph Portelli – following several new illegalities connected to her 18 tumoli of agricultural land in Nadur, situated beneath the idyllic Kenuna Tower.

The 24-year-old general manager of a chain of hotels owned by her father, who a few years ago ‘registered’ as a farmer to access ‘benefits and rights’ to develop her ‘farm’, is being accused, once again, of ignoring the terms of a permit issued recently to build a small agricultural store on her holding.

Instead of following the approved design, Chloe ‘the Farmer’, as she has become known among her friends, erected the structure with a Nordic-style sloping roof, rather than the approved, flat-roofed style usually used to hold farmers’ crops and approved in her permit.

She has also embellished the ‘store’ – overlooking uninterrupted sea and country views of the Gozo channel – with a concrete platform not included in the original PA permit, and utilized concrete bricks instead of stone.

Her architect, Emmanuel Vella, has also been served with the PA’s enforcement notice. Still, the action taken by the authorities appears to have had little or no effect, and it fails to order the magnate’s daughter to remove the illegalities.

New enforcements were also issued against an illegal underground water reservoir, the filling of certain areas with soil and the levelling-off parts of the tenement against the terms of the original permits.

The PA is still investigating other irregularities in the area and could issue further enforcement notices shortly.

Build first, sanction later

Chloe Portelli’s latest defiance of planning laws forms part of a series of breaches that have been going on for at least two years, and which have resulted in the visual change of large tracts of agricultural terraced fields around Nadur’s approach.

Portelli – whose father is known for his own issues with respecting planning laws as well as for the fact that he offers regular ‘support’ to both Malta’s main political parties and their politicians – has seen her agricultural store project embroiled in controversy from its earliest days.

Following the acquisition of the land by her father, which he then passed on to his daughter, a series of new, high and long rubble walls were built illegally, completely altering the way the area looks, even from as far away as Mgarr harbour.

Although the construction of the illegal walls took months to complete, the PA only acted when all the work had been finished.

However, as soon as the work was over, Portelli filed a planning development application to sanction the illegalities and build an agricultural store in the area.

While ERA and several NGO’s objected to the sanctioning, arguing that this was the beginning of a slow, piecemeal process to turn the property into a residential farmhouse – a ploy that has been noted and criticized before in many other parts of the island – the PA still issued the permit.

Portelli has now filed two new applications – PA23892/21 and PA4192/21 to, once again, ask the PA to sanction what has been built illegally.

In the past, the PA, as permitted by its own laws, used to take direct action to demolish illegalities and reinstate areas abused by illegal developers, followed by remedial action in court.

This is now rarely ever done.

Chloe’s father, Joseph, has also had his own breaches of planning rules bypassed by the authorities. His illegal batching plant, built on public land in Kercem, is still in operation despite several enforcement orders.

Instead, his company, Prax Concrete Ltd, is allowed to participate in public tenders, paid millions of euros from taxpayers’ funds, and is even awarded government direct orders.

The Building and Construction Agency – a newly established public authority supposed to regulate the construction industry – is headed by Portelli’s architect Maria Schembri Grima. She was appointed by Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia.

The PN opposition, represented on the BCA’s board, has so far failed to comment on the BCA Chair’s apparent conflict of interest.

                           
                               
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carlos
1 month ago

Where is the opposition?

Henry s Pace
Henry s Pace
1 month ago
Reply to  carlos

NON-EXISTENT !

M.Galea
M.Galea
1 month ago
Reply to  carlos

Opposition dont care! They are all in this together!

Isle of corruption
Isle of corruption
1 month ago
Reply to  carlos

There isn’t one

Noel Ciantar
Noel Ciantar
1 month ago
Reply to  carlos

Maybe in bed with Portelli (Joseph)?

Simon Oosterman
Simon Oosterman
1 month ago

There is corruption everywhere but most places they try to hide it. Not in Malta though. Here it is all so blatant, out in the open.

Noel Ciantar
Noel Ciantar
1 month ago

From the information in the above report, it looks like, as in the case of the rubble walls, the PA only acted against the reservoir, the concrete platform and the nordic style roof only after the developments were complete.

Therefore, this looks like another case of “FATFA la zorba,” as we now say in Malta.

Meanwhile, Klowi ta’ Gowi can start using the developments while she submits sanctioning applications which will take their time to be modified, withdrawn and represented, suspended and reactivated, refused, appealed, sent back for a fresh decision, refused again, appealed for a second time, put on hold and sent back for a decision when the RPDG 2014 is repealed and replaced by a new policy (whenever that sees the light of day) and then decided and refused for a third time, appealed and granted a permit.

By which time we will be all dead.

Last edited 1 month ago by Noel Ciantar
Mark Vassallo
Mark Vassallo
1 month ago

Her architect needs to have his warrant suspended.

Joseph Tabone Adami
Joseph Tabone Adami
1 month ago

Can’t a farmer till his/her land and grow crops in peace?

gadflyg
gadflyg
1 month ago

Both parties are hostage to the building industry and its cowboys. Our politicians are a bunch of gormless cowards. For example: is there among the LP MPs who has the guts to speak out, to attempt to garner support within his own party for a REAL change; for the prosecution of those in odour of corruption, for the resignation of all who are tainted by scandal? Is the among the PN members who has the courage to speak out – loud and clear – on what they will do once in government about corruption, about the environment, about building permits etc? I’m afraid not.

Henry s Pace
Henry s Pace
1 month ago

‘  PN opposition, represented on the BCA’s board, has so far failed to comment on the BCA Chair’s apparent conflict of interest.’
The partit nazjonalista is part and parcel in collusion with the labour party in government

Carmel Spiteri
Carmel Spiteri
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry s Pace

It has to be the people. WE must protest we should be out shouting. The political parties are compromised.

Godfrey Leone Ganado
Godfrey Leone Ganado
1 month ago

You can tick and bash as many boxes as you are supposed to, for compliance of procedures as requested by the FATF, but you will still be marching on the same spot of what constitutes form, that is ‘cosmetics’.
The reality remains that the substance that you can only attain through enforcement, continues to be absent and the middle finger approach with the FATF by the Government and its Institutions, will start drawing us closer to a black listing.

Iain Morrison
Iain Morrison
1 month ago

Can’t imagine why Malta is greylisted. I mean only important people are bending the rules….

Toni
Toni
1 month ago

and this is this is why the FATF believes Malta is an amatuerish country!!!

Next time round, they will put us on the black list unless someone in Castille starts pulling the strings on all the corrupt lackeys in the government departments!!

M.Galea
M.Galea
1 month ago

Dan mhux bizzejjed li nitten kullimkien bi kruha ta bini! Ha flus mitvtaxxi taghna biex reggha rkupra w minflokk jaghti xi haga lura ghandu l wicc tost imur initten zona ODZ! Ma jafx jisthi!!

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