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James Debono is MaltaToday's chief reporter on environment, planning and land use issues, and one of the newspaper's main political analysts. Apart from blogging regularly on politics, James Debono won the IGM national press awards' environmental reporter of the year in 2011 for his report showing how a beverage company that extracted over 51,000 of cubic metres of water every year from the national water table for free, was awarded an environmental award by the University of Malta. Debono also heads Mediatoday's survey unit, which has conducted polls on all electoral appointments since 2008, correctly predicting the outcome of all elections and the 2011 divorce referendum.

He read history and obtained his Masters' degree from the University of Malta, and in the past worked for TV production house Where's Everybody before joining MaltaToday in 2005. A co-founder of Moviment Graffitti and active in Moviment ghall-Ambjent, he served as a media officer for Alternattiva Demokratika - the Green Party. James is married and has a son. His interests include listening to music and reading.
Illegal Gudja restaurant set for refusal
Townscapes 21-07

The Planning Directorate has shot down a proposal to allow tourism and commercial development on land in Dawret il-Gudja

Burmarrad petrol station approved on €50,000 planning gain, ERA ignored
Townscapes 20-07

PA imposes €50,000 contribution to compensate for ODZ land take-up, setting a precedent for monetary compensations  for other ODZ developments.
 

Bilom withdraws Wied Incita application
Townscapes 20-07

Construction group Bilom has withdrawn an application proposing the development of a huge industrial park for small- and medium-sized enterprises on the site currently taken up by quarries in Wied Incita

388 illegalities sanctioned during electoral campaign
Townscapes 20-07

A MaltaToday probe reveals a spike in the number of minor illegalities regularised by the Planning Authority in the election period and the two subsequent weeks

PA expects €14,000 'planning gain' for ODZ fuel station
Townscapes 19-07

The Planning Directorate is recommending the approval of an ODZ petrol station in Burmarrad against a €14,000 payment to compensate for its inevitable 'environmental impacts'

St Julian’s Wied Ghomor vista threatened by five-storey hotel proposal
Townscapes 19-07

An applicant who won a permit for a two-storey dwelling upon appeal is now asking for a five-storey hotel on the same site at Wied Ghomor in St Julian’s

‘Free’ water to businesses totals 212 million bottles of water
Environment 18-07

‘Free’ borehole extraction is allowing commercial owners to extract as much as 212 million bottlers of mineral water from the ground

64 parking spaces envisioned for Dingli hotel
Townscapes 14-07

Developers plan hotel development at site of abandoned explosives factory in Dingli

McDonald's wants ODZ land near airport for relocation
Townscapes 14-07

A new McDonald's drive-in restaurant is being proposed on a massive 7,002 square metre piece of land – the size of a football pitch – outside the development zones facing a roundabout in the vicinity of the airport’s Skyparks complex

Updated | Planning Authority gives Westin four new storeys
Townscapes 13-07

The permit, which will see the addition of 33 suites, 21 standard rooms and three grand hotel suites, was approved today.

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