Wednesday 10 July 2024

Public Consultation: Partial Local Plan Review of the SMLP for Hal Far

The Malta Sociological Association welcomes the public consultation on the "Partial Local Plan Review of the SMLP for Hal Far". 

The MSA reiterates its call to incorporate a social impact assessment as part of the local plan review. 

The International Principles for Social Impact Assessment defines SIA as being “the processes of analysing, monitoring and managing the intended and unintended social consequences, both positive and negative, of planned interventions (policies, programs, plans, projects) and any social change processes invoked by those interventions”. 

An SIA is an interdisciplinary process, and should employ various methods, both quantitative and qualitative. Social impact assessments should not be one-off exercises, but ongoing processes which engage with various stakeholders and which report back so as to ensure effective policy processes.