Farmer Chloe gets second ODZ store after Portelli-Abela dinner

Tista’ taqra bil-Malti

Chloe Portelli, the daughter of Gozitan developer Joseph Portelli, has been given Planning Authority permission to construct a second agricultural room on her 18-tumoli estate in an idyllic rural area in Nadur Gozo.

Portelli’s daughter, nicknamed ‘Chloe the Farmer’ after she surprisingly registered herself as a farmer despite being the general manager of her father’s chain of hotels in Gozo. She was also granted Planning Authority approval of an underground water reservoir and pump room, built illegally last year. The ‘sanctioning’ of all the illegalities will cost the Portellis just €1,500 in fines.

The PA’s latest green light to the Portellis, who have a history of contempt for planning laws, arrived just three days after a private dinner hosted by the contractor for Prime Minister Robert Abela at a Gozitan restaurant.

The dinner coincided with Labour’s latest fundraiser for the electoral campaign, in which it raised a record €215,000 in donations from Gozo. Portelli’s guests at the dinner with the PM included several Gozitan contractors and businessmen who have become close to Labour since 2013.

Tha area where Chloe Portelli built an illegal water reservoir

Though he admitted to attending the private dinner, Abela denied that Portelli’s pending planning permits were discussed and has claimed that he didn’t receive any donations from the businessmen.

Known as Ġebel l-Aħmar, the stretch of agricultural land on the slope beneath Nadur’s Ta’ Kenuna Tower was acquired by Portelli some years ago, after which he transferred the title to his two children. While construction waste was being dumped illegally on the land, workers started building long stretches of new, high rubble walls, enclosing the land.

Chloe Portelli then applied, successfully, to be registered as a farmer by the Agriculture Department, although she still occupies the position of general manager of her father’s hotels. The PA issued an enforcement order on the illegal rubble walls only after the work was completed.

This was soon overturned, however, when the illegally built walls were approved via a sanctioning process, and subject only to a small fine, despite the objections of the Environment and Resources Authority and several NGOs.

In 2021, Portelli applied for a permit to build an agricultural store in an area with uninterrupted views of the Gozo channel. Again, despite objections and an ERA warning that this was the start of a piecemeal development of the ODZ land, the PA went ahead and issued the permit.

However, the ‘store’ that the Portellis built turned out to be different to the approved plans, and, in addition, the contractor also built, illegally, a large water reservoir and a pump room.

Once again, an enforcement order was issued, after the works were ready, and the developer was asked to amend the building of the first store and bring it in line with the original, approved plans. 

The remainder of the illegalities were sanctioned on 8 March, just a few days after Portelli had dinner with Abela on 5 March.

In a rare interview with The Times of Malta last year, Portelli admitted that he meets politicians regularly “to speed up things”.

                           
                               
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Joseph Tabone Adami
Joseph Tabone Adami
1 month ago

Preparing for an abundant ‘harvest’ come next May/June?

Misidjan
Misidjan
1 month ago

Yes to replace import of agricultural produce because the war in europe and keep food prices down!🤔

M.Galea
M.Galea
1 month ago

Thats a bungalow not an agriculture store..kif fottiha zona!!! Imbarazz. Nitten kull rokna bil kruha ta blokok ghandu l wicc imur initten zona bhal dik. imbarazzzzz!!!! Xebgha ta xejn!!!!

Last edited 1 month ago by M.Galea
Noel Ciantar
Noel Ciantar
1 month ago

A tale of Two Stores…and One Farmer.

Simon Oosterman
Simon Oosterman
1 month ago
Reply to  Noel Ciantar

RA knows that PLers don’t read The Shift.

Emanuel (Noel) Ciantar
Emanuel (Noel) Ciantar
1 month ago

RA doesn’t read it either. He is used to work for a retainer, not on a shift basis. 😉

Nanette Brimmer
Nanette Brimmer
1 month ago

Reservoir that can be turned into a swimming pool in the near future….??

Emanuel (Noel) Ciantar
Emanuel (Noel) Ciantar
1 month ago

There is a precedent for this, and you clearly know about it!

Borg Charlie
Borg Charlie
1 month ago

Well that’s what 30 000 would like to have

M.Galea
M.Galea
1 month ago
Reply to  Borg Charlie

Exactly so!!! X jaqq ta poplu!!!

David
David
1 month ago

Musgur taf taqbad mazqa ahseb u ara kemm hi farmer.

Emanuel (Noel) Ciantar
Emanuel (Noel) Ciantar
1 month ago
Reply to  David

“Raba’? What is raba’? Is that like the Raba’ Sular?”

David
David
1 month ago

F ‘ Ghawdex harget drawa gdida li kull minn ghandu bicca raba fl ODZ applika u qed japplika biex jibni kamra u gibja maghha. Bi skopp li fi ftit zmien din issir farmhouse bil pool. Hafna taghhom permess u jinsabu mistohba ghax dawrughom bis sigar. Ma jidhrux minn kullimkien. Bid drone jidhru imma. X’ misthija u hadd ma jiftah halqu. Ghawdex tal biki. Il kampanja sehtuha. Ghad jigi zmien li ma jigi hadd jzurna. Poplu Gahan.

Emanuel (Noel) Ciantar
Emanuel (Noel) Ciantar
1 month ago
Reply to  David

It’s happening also in rural Malta. Examine the weekly ODZ applications list and details published in the papers or on the PA website.

Last edited 1 month ago by Emanuel (Noel) Ciantar
M.Galea
M.Galea
1 month ago
Reply to  David

Kullimkien kmamar u hadd minnhom mhu bidwi. Suppost johrog permess ghal kamra jekk tkun full time farmer. U lanqas ghax dawn mhux qed jintuzaw bhala store. Idhol facebook u tarahom riklamati ghal kiri. Kullimkien sehtu.

Last edited 1 month ago by M.Galea
moses
moses
1 month ago

how much is enough? Ego is a funny thing, selling gozo/malta natural beauty just for a few euros/flats/hotels. Developers most be over compensating there childhood insecurities with the illusion of power or wealth. The egyptians tried bringing there wealth with them into the afterlife, guess what it did not work. i have more respect for the maltese person living a basic life with work and family. Not these geeks that just dream of ruining the country with there cookie cutter views of gaining wealth.

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