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Waste storage plant proposed in Wied Għomor valley

Waste storage plant proposed in Wied Għomor valley
A new planning application has been presented proposing a phased restoration of a disused quarry in Wied Għomor for an 8,341sq.m warehousing facility for non-hazardous, white goods waste

The development, as proposed by quarry owner Lawrence Galea in plans submitted by architect Charles Buhagiar, also foresees the erection of solar panels on the roof of the warehouses, the excavation of the remaining hardstone material and the backfilling of the quarry.In its first reaction to the proposed development, the Environment and Resources Authority has welcomed the proposed backfilling of the quarry but expressed concern on the proposed after-use of the backfilled site as a waste storage facility, especially since parts of the site will be concreted to create a surface level whereby the storage structures can be erected.ERA warned that the construction of the storage facility will result in site formalisation and proliferation of built development in land that is both scheduled and outside the development zone.A new planning application has been presented proposing a phased restoration of a disused quarry in Wied Għomor for an 8,341sq.

The quarry lies directly within the watercourse and valley sides of Wied Għomor, an environmentally sensitive area characterised by maquis communities, a number of terraced fields and rural features.” ERA also warned of the presence of joints, fractures and a relatively friable weathered lithology especially in the upper limits at the quarry’s walls which may impact on its stability.

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