This was discussed in a formal meeting to find convergence on the Eight Point Plan launched by Għal Għawdex. This meeting followed the publication of the GRDA reaction to the proposed plan.

GRDA and Għal Għawdex Forum are in full agreement on point 1, 3, 4 and 5.

The GRDA and Għal Għawdex broadly share the same views on point 2(c), whereby ODZ should be preserved. It was agreed that further discussion would be undertaken with regards to points 2(a) and 2(b).

Parties agree in principle with regards to Point 6 which calls for the strict observance of the 150-metre buffer zone around historical and scheduled buildings and monuments.

Point 7 calling for compulsory purchase of at least one parking space with each residential unit is the only other area where GRDA and the Forum agree that deeper analysis is required to take into account the congestion being caused in Gozo by increasing use of motor vehicles.

On point 8 concerning correct interpretation and strict enforcement of current policies, rules and regulations, the GRDA and the Forum are also in agreement and expect utmost importance to be given to policies G1, G2 and G3 of DC2015, by the Planning Authority, when delivering its decisions.

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