The Danish Village’s plans to acquire a piece of Għadira Bay have been put on hold after the holiday complex withdrew their application, the same day it was set to be decided by the Planning Authority.
Days before the decision was set to take place, the Lands Authority and the Malta Tourism Authority both objected to the plans, which would have seen Danish Village expand its footprint with 30 new bungalows and a decking area.
The proposed plans have been rejected twice (once in 2001 and a second time in 2004), due to concerns about public access to the shoreline.
The application was initially recommended for approval by the PA’s case officer.
Speaking to The Times of Malta, PN MP and former Mellieħa mayor Robert Cutajar criticised the Lands Authority and MTA for only objecting to the plans following public criticism and media reports.
He claimed that the plans were never brought before the Lands Authority board.
The government’s recent agreement with Għadira concessionaires to return the first 7 metres of the shoreline to the public was simply a media stunt, Cutajar added explaining that sand nourishment plans launched last year were yet to kick off.