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Open Public Consultation – Review of the 2005 Supplementary Planning Policy Guidance on Major Accident Hazards and Hazardous Substances (Phase 2)


From: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning
(Planning Authority)
​Published: ​12 February 2020
Running till: ​27 March 2020
​Last Updated: ​12 February 2020

1.        Background​

Back in 2005, the Authority had approved a document which set out a planning policy framework for implementing the land use planning objectives of the EU’s Seveso II Directive. Following the adoption of a third update to the Seveso Directive, the Authority has updated the land-use policy document to take into account the resultant changes of the new Directive.

The Seveso-III Directive was adopted to take into account, amongst others, the changes in the EU legislation on the classification of chemicals and increased rights for citizens to access information and justice. The Directive applies to more than 12,000 industrial plants in the European Union where dangerous substances are used or stored in large quantities, mainly in the chemical and petrochemical industry, as well as in fuel wholesale and storage sectors.

The revised Supplementary Planning Policy Guidance on Major Accident Hazards and Hazardous Substances document is subdivided into two parts. Part 1 transposes the SEVESO III Directive Article 13 Land Use Planning requirements, while Part 2 sets out the planning policy guidance. The policy document provides land-use guidance in the eventuality that new sites are proposed for the development of industrial plants which produce or operate using dangerous chemicals. The document also concerns any modifications to existing hazardous sites or proposed developments in the vicinity of existing sites. Today, there are twelve plants/sites in Malta for which this policy document applies.

The overarching purpose of this policy document remains that of reducing the number of people at risk and to reduce the likelihood and the extent of harm if an accident occurs.

2.        Documents
3.        Submission of input

Representations are to be made in writing and sent:
By email: or
By post:    Planning Authority, 
                Director of Planning, 
                St Francis Ravelin, 
                Floriana FRN1230

​Submissions must be received by 27 March 2020.                               
We thank you in advance for your input.

Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.

Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address:  

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In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.​

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