What does Volt think? / Environment & Climate Change

Construction Industry Regulation

The status quo regarding construction can at times feel like the wild-west in Malta. The rules aren't enforced and there is no long-term vision. We need to ensure that there is proper aesthetic planning and that developments are made with the future in mind. If a new development is to be done then it should be of a high quality. Village cores, and agricultural land are at serious risk and must be safeguarded for future generations.

Regulation of construction

  • Revise the 2006 Local Plans in collaboration with various stakeholders, including civil society & locality representatives.

    • Ensure the Local Plans are in line with the present realities and environmental objectives of the European Union. 

  • Create and enforce strict rules for new developments, regarding where, when and how they are to be built, and, taking into account the following conditions among others;

    • Ensure there is a design style implemented for localities and streets which must be adhered to;

    • Stricter & lower ceiling levels to ensure a more consistent style;

    • Stricter protections for village cores;

    • Incentivise refurbishment & punish unreasonable demolition

Insulation of buildings

  • Require insulated walls & windows for new developments, which ensure a more stable temperature during the cold winter and hot summer months, reducing energy consumption, and therefore expenses.

    • Failure to include insulation results in a substantive fine to the developers equivalent to the cost of insulating the property.

  • Provide Grants for insulation for households that want to and are eligible to insulate their homes.

    • For buildings built in 2021 and earlier.

  • Provide Grants for insulation for developers who choose to refurbish a property.

Protecting land from expropriation

  • Create additional safeguards against expropriation. The landowner/s and occupier/s must be given at least a 2 months notice before expropriation starts. 

    • If the land is farmland, then at least 4 months' notice must be given.

    • If an appeal is filed, any work must be halted until the appeal has been resolved.

    • Any plans for expropriation must fairly compensate the landowners in advance.

      • If the occupier is a farmer then they must also receive fair compensation.

  • ODZ land must remain ODZ land. Any developer breaching the integrity of ODZ land will be greylisted from being able to take on any new development projects for 1 year. 

    • A repeated breach blacklists the developer from public procurement for 10 years.

The 5+1 Challenges

Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental Challenges that need to be tackled in each European country and in Europe as a whole.

Why 5 + 1 Challenges?

The 5 Challenges are basically the same for every country, but their implementation can be adapted on the national level to take into account local realities.

The +1 Challenge – our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU – is identical across all our national programmes.

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  • 01

    Smart State

    Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century

  • 02

    Economic Renaissance

    An innovative economy must be the engine of society's progress

  • 03

    Social Equality

    No-one should be left behind - no matter their gender, income, religion. or origin

  • 04

    Global Balance

    Europe needs to assume responsibility for its role in global challenges

  • 05

    Citizen Empowerment

    People must be empowered to influence politics beyond elections alone

  • +1

    EU Reform

    We love the EU - this doesn't mean there is no room for improvement