Joseph Portelli’s daughter Chloe seeks to build second agricultural store

Gozitan developer Joseph Portelli has filed a new application to build a further agricultural store on his daughter’s 18-tumoli of agricultural land in Nadur, set in an idyllic environment, metres away from the historic Kenuna tower. The pair built their first storeroom, contravening the terms of their Planning Authority permit, last year.

The Shift is informed that the latest application, filed just a few weeks ago by Perit Emanuel Vella – is seeking Planning Authority approval to turn a pile of rubble into a new 23 square metre agricultural store in order to give Joseph Portelli’s 24-year-old daughter, Chloe, more space to ‘store her crops’.

The Portellis’ are claiming that the current pile of rubble on site was once an agricultural store.

This is the Portellis’ second application in just a few months for permits to build ‘rooms’ on their agricultural land.

Only last year, Portelli’s daughter, Chloe, who is the general manager of her father’s boutique hotels, registered herself as a farmer and applied for the erection of an agricultural store on the land, known as Gebel L-Ahmar, which was given to her by her father.

Chloe Portelli, who is not known to have any experience in agriculture, declared that she needed the store in a location offering breathtaking views across the Gozo channel.

After many attempts to modify the unacceptable plans and satisfy the authorities, the PA approved the permit. However, the completed store still diverged radically from the approved plans, which led to the authorities issuing an enforcement notice on building.

Instead of constructing the room according to the permit, the Portellis added windows and constructed a sloping roof on the store, creating more internal space.

At the same time, the Portellis built an illegal concrete platform, a reservoir and levelled the soil in the area, none of which was covered by a planning permit.

The PA has now ordered the Portellis to remove the illegalities and has imposed daily fines until these are removed. However, following a fresh application to sanction the illegalities, still under consideration, the daily fines have been suspended.

In the meantime, Joseph Portelli has applied to build a second store just a few metres away from the original, illegally built agricultural store.

A story of illegalities and defiance of rules

The Gebel l-Ahmar story is one of many in which the Gozitan construction magnate is involved.

The site itself had already become controversial when, after Portelli acquired it from third parties, he began abusively dumping construction material on site. It was only after several media reports that the PA intervened and ordered Portelli to clear the area.

Afterwards, Portelli, again without any form of planning permission, started building long, high rubble walls. The PA issued an enforcement order against the illegally built walls only after the works were complete.

Months later, Portelli applied to sanction the illegal rubble walls and the PA obliged, ordering him to pay a small fine. This development meant that the developer could tap into some 200,000 in EU funds to help finance the abusively-built project.

Portelli’s impunity

Canadian-born Portelli has become known for the apparent impunity he enjoys – he’s been linked to myriad illegal developments all over the island, many of which are later sanctioned by the Planning Authority.

Flaunting his closeness to both major political parties, Portelli is a known benefactor of both the Labour Party and the PN, and he contributes generously to every fundraising campaign either Party holds.

Portelli declared openly that he maintains close links to politicians to leverage their assistance in realising his projects.

In one of the most glaring examples of ongoing impunity, the government, led by Robert Abela, has permitted Portelli to construct and operate an illegal concrete batching plant in a publicly owned quarry in Kercem.

In addition, the concrete, produced at the still-operational illegal plant, is being used in major government projects in Gozo.

                           
                               
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Paul Vella
Paul Vella
1 month ago

Wouldn’t it make more sense to actually start cultivating the land before building a store?

M.Galea
M.Galea
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul Vella

Ofcourse not. His intentions are to build bungalows. This is a fact not an assumption.

Greed
Greed
1 month ago

Perhaps he should apply for a swimming pool sorry a sheep dip while he is at it? Plenty of sheep need dipped.

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

He will dont you worry!

Marie Claire Stock
Marie Claire Stock
30 days ago
Reply to  Greed

This is all a plan to build villas…..

Joseph Tabone Adami
Joseph Tabone Adami
1 month ago

Reminds one of the Gospel parable about the farmer who, overjoyed by the abundance of the year’s yield, decided to pull down his old storage barns and erect much bigger ones to hold all the bounty delivered by his fields.

The poor chap was, however, whisked away from all his belongings – and his plans to enjoy his good luck without any worries for long years ahead ahead of him – that same night!

He was rightfully called a fool by the Narrator of the parable – who undoubtedly knew what He was talking about.

Last edited 1 month ago by Joseph Tabone Adami
M.Galea
M.Galea
1 month ago

Those are not store rooms but bungalows. That is his intententions and he is succeeding. What a mafia land!!

Ver ver
Ver ver
1 month ago

Then he is offended that they call his daughter a farmer. That is what she is registered as!

Carmel Callus
Carmel Callus
1 month ago

They already built two rooms on the site and there is an application for sanctioning illegal works.

jingo
jingo
1 month ago

That’s within 300 meters of the planned Gozo Tunnel opening. The rest is left to your imagination as to who really owns the land…..

M.Galea
M.Galea
30 days ago
Reply to  jingo

A minister bought land in Mellieha for 3 million where the tunnel is planned to pass.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
1 month ago

Is the crop of choice by any chance cannabis? The push to pass this particular legislation in spite of all the protests gives reason to believe that someone is going to profit big time. It’s an assumption but something tells me the daughter of one of the richest men and an entrepreneur herself won’t be happy cultivating potatoes.

Last edited 1 month ago by Winston Smith
Isle of corruption
Isle of corruption
1 month ago
Reply to  Winston Smith

Exactly, my line of thought as well

Jude
Jude
1 month ago

Perhaps a local farmer could give her lessons on growing crops! The rubble is what they have dumped. I can see it all from my balcony.

Toni Vella
Toni Vella
1 month ago

Pity I have never been appointed to the PA. I would be sporting a Lamborghini!

carlos
1 month ago

Tafu tisthu. Hallelin ta flus u art il-poplu.

M.Galea
M.Galea
30 days ago
Reply to  carlos

Min qed jahseb li dan qed jaghmel l affarijiet wahdu sejjer zball. Lil bdiewa qed javvicinahom mil ministeru jghidulhom li ma jaqblilhomx jahdmu izjed r raba w qed ituhom ideat bhal jibdlu r raba f camping sites, ohrajn agro turizmu li suppost irid ikollhom 60 tomna raba w li m ghandhomx u ihajruhom jibnu kmamar minghajr permess. U dan bil fatti qed nghidu. Hekk irid dal gvern, sfruttament ta l ambjent. U l poplu hekk irid ghax irvilla ghal flus. Kollox business nkluz r raba!!! Tal misthija!!

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