Government supercharges funding for green planning projects by local councils

Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia announced a 'Green reform' of the Development Planning Fund

Green reform of the DPF will lead to more green projects in Maltese localities, according to the Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning
Green reform of the DPF will lead to more green projects in Maltese localities, according to the Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning

Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia has announced that a number of changes have been made to the Development Planning Fund, with the aim of encouraging greener and more socially conscious planning projects by local councils, NGOs and third parties. 

In a statement on Saturday, the ministry said that the “green reform” of the Development Planning Fund (DPF) will lead to more environmental and green projects in Maltese localities. 

These are schemes which would further “greenify” the localities and incentivise councils to come up with new ideas, part of the government’s “Green Your Life” and “Grey to Green” concepts.

Among the changes is the fact that Green and Blue environmental measures in urban areas will for the first time be eligible for 100% funding, rather than requiring local councils to fork out a 30% co-financing rate of total eligible costs.

In addition, when beneficiaries work on vertical green walls overlooking public spaces, the scheme will also finance part of the maintenance as well as the cost – a total of 105% funding.

Local councils will for the first time have increased funding security, with funds specifically directed for their projects; 

Also for the first time, NGOs and other non-local council beneficiaries will have 20% of the total funds in the scheme, ring-fenced for their projects; 

The percentage of funding is being increased in the case of partnerships of various kinds in addition to the current arrangements and funding for projects aimed at facilities for persons with disabilities are to increase by 10%.

Each local council’s capping will increase from €5 million to €7 million, giving those localities with significant urban development more funds to mitigate with green and blue infrastructure projects. The ‘Sebbaħ il-Lokal’ initiative has also been extended from April 2020 to December 2022. 

“These changes are part of a holistic overhaul of the concept of planning – shifting towards more intelligent planning and a greener vision for our localities,” Minister Farrugia said.

 

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