Environment minister Josè Herrera has recommended Wied Ghomor, as well as the Inwadar Nature Park, to be considered as public domain.
The Public Domain Act permits citizens and NGOs to recommend land and property to be listed as public domain, meaning that it cannot be used for commercial reasons while also guaranteeing unrestricted access to the public.
The Wied Ghomor ODZ site in Swieqi includes a disused cow farm, on which the owners had proposed a tourist village spread over 13,000 square metres of land.
Following an outcry by residents and environmentalists in 2016, Rodrick Fenech, owner of Mensija Real Estate Ltd, withdrew his plans for the 116-room tourist village, but announced that he will be making another proposal which does not go beyond the footprint of the existing abandoned livestock farm.
An application for a 133-room old people’s home instead of a quarry in another part of Wied Ghomor was also refused by a unanimous decision by the Planning Authority last year.
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