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          HerO Midterm-Conference in Valletta, Malta
          4th Thematic Seminar
          Integrated Heritage and Planning. Valletta as an Urban
          Conservation Area and World Heritage City
The significance of Valletta
›   Founded on 28th March 1566 (442 years ago).
›   First buildings protected by the Antiquities Act,
›   World Heritage Site in 1980 (UNESCO)
›   Urban Conservation Area (Planning Authority)
    in 1995
›   Scheduling of 51 wooden Shop fronts in 1995
    (Planning Authority)
›   Scheduling of 1.9 sq km of Fortifications in 2000
    (Planning Authority)
›   Scheduling of British Period cast iron letter
    boxes and telephone booths (MEPA)
›   Scheduling of Grade 1 buildings & features

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Original Protection of Local Heritage
›   1910 – Antiquities Ordnance
     Introduced by Sir Temi Zammit after deliberate
      destruction of Phoenician remains
›   1925 – Antiquities (Protection) Act
     Demolition of the sacristy and part of the
      convent and oratory of Franciscans in Valletta
›   1932 – Antiquities (Protection) List
     Composed of a list of 197 (26) individual
      properties and 8 (3) groups of buildings
     List compiled by a sub-committee of the
      Antiquities Committee
     First serious attempt to protect individual
      properties for their heritage significance
     Amended twice but no updates after 1939

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›   1980 – City of Valletta
    inscribed as a WHS
    No boundary or list of important
    properties identified
       Original submission refers to a list
        of properties that was not traced
       Both identified today

›   1995 – Urban Conservation
    Planning Authority identified
    most of Valletta as a UCA
       Applications more stringent that in
        other areas
       UCA characteristics different from
        other UCAs in Malta

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Scheduling in Valletta
›   1995 – 51 Shopfronts
    Threat on wooden fixtures
       Sites to be re-proposed shortly to
        correct some errors and add
        missing properties
›   2000 – 1.9 sq km of harbour
    Submission         as a WHS on their own
›   2007 – British Period street
    furniture                                                       Curre nt / Propose d Sche duling

       Threat identified and countered
                                                                        24%                           23%

    2008 – Most important Sites in
    Valletta                                                          23%                              30%

       120 sites identified                                  Grade 1 & 2* (Surveyed + NPI 2005/06)
                                                              Remainder (Mostly Grade 2 - to conf irm by survey 2007/08)

       All required for a city to function                   Post-War Grade 3 (Surveyed )
                                                              Roads & open Spaces (Desktop exercise)

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MEPA Incentives
›   Environment Initiative Partnership Programme
       Funds utilised for restoration of areas, sites, properties of
        heritage value

›   Traditional Maltese Wooden Balcony
    Restoration Grant Scheme
     Issued to ensure traditional features and workmanship
      methods are retained
     Valletta benefited various time: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007
     Improvement visible in state of UCAs

›   Urban Improvement Fund
       Aimed at improvements within urban area
       Park and Ride system in Valletta
       Removal of A/C units from façades of buildings in Valletta
        (partially successful)

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Heritage Management
›   Assessment of applications
       All scheduled properties require an RMS detailing
        works to be carried out
       BG imposed to ensure compliance
       Update to RMS on completion of works
       Monitoring at times carried out

›   Input into Local/Action Plans
       Heritage management expertise is injected into
        planning projects at the outset to ensure holistic
       Drafting of guidelines on specific issues/trades

›   Project Management
       Pre-submission meetings on applications
       Ongoing consultation with partners to ensure
        heritage assets protected

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›   Problems encountered
       Increase in scheduled property requires increased input on PA consultation and
       Threats ever present
       Day-to-day job requirements still have to be tackled
       NIMBY syndrome regularly encountered
       Heritage value not contested, but context heavily disputed

›   Advantages
     Applications increasingly submitted with RMS at submission stage (less time
     Architects aware of value of heritage sites/areas
     General public has become much more aware of the value of heritage in recent
     People submitting information on properties meriting scheduling (aiding MEPA)

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