As part of the Gozo Tourism Association’s 2023 National Budget proposals, it called for the entire island of Gozo to be considered as a ‘Design Priority Area’.
This would see special attention given to Gozo, specifically in terms of the quality of new buildings and the improvement of existing buildings and townscape.
The GTA’s proposal comes to light after a survey carried out among its members which found all respondents, that is 100 per cent, are seriously concerned about overdevelopment in Gozo, and are also concerned that the sister island is losing its charms and characteristics as a result.
What would designating the entire region of Gozo as a Design Priority Area mean in practice?
According to the Planning Authority’s policies, such a designation would see special attention given to the quality of new buildings as well as the improvement of existing buildings and townscape.
Applications for development in these areas which do not clearly demonstrate that the necessary quality of urban design will be achieved, or that the quality and prevailing architectural discipline of the immediate built environment has influenced the proposal to a satisfactory degree, will be refused development permission.
Design Priority Areas are characterised by contributing to the unique character of the area and have attractive architectural elements which should be perpetuated and enhanced.
Fixed wing air link between Gozo and Malta
The GTA reiterated its proposal or an air link between the sister islands, which was also included in its 2022 National Budget proposals.
It praised the latest addition of a fast ferry service connecting Malta and Gozo to complement the channel crossing service but stressed that “inter-island connectivity is to be continuously improved and sustained”.
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