Perit Joseph Scalpello
I received my education at the University of Malta from where I graduated as an architect and civil engineer in 1991 and at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from where I obtained my Masters in Town Planning in 1994; and obtained a diploma in general management with distinction from the Maastricht School of Management in 2001. I became a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1997.
I started my professional carrier in 1991 when I joined the Planning Services Division of the Works Department, assisting to drive forward the introduction of a new town planning system in Malta.
In 1994, I was assimilated within the Planning Authority which had been set up a year earlier, working as a development control officer and making recommendation to the development Control Commission on development applications. In 1995 I was promoted to the position of Team Manager within the Development Control Unit of the Planning Authority, leading a team of 12 members of staff.
Between 2000 and 2013 I was assigned with the Forward Planning Division of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority working on strategic and local development policy formulation, including two local plans and a draft replacement strategic plan.
In 2013, I was promoted to the position of Assistant Director heading the Co-ordination Unit and later on the Policy and C-ordination Division responsible for strategic and local development policy, transportation policy and heritage planning. Major achievements in this position are the participation in the drafting and adoption of the extensive legal framework required to implement the de-merger of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, the drafting and adoption of a new strategic policy document (the Strategic Plan for the Environment and Development) and the drafting and adoption of a wide range of planning policies such as the Rural Policy and Design Guidance, the tall buildings policy and the development control policy guidance and design standards.
Between 1995 and 2001, I was engaged as Part-time lecturer in Planning Applications, Urban Geography, Urban Design & the Development Process, and Planning Theory at the Faculty of Architecture & Civil Engineering within the Urban Planning & Design Stream and the Diploma in Planning Studies.
Over the past 25 years I have been appointed on a number of public boards and committees including the Working Group on Fixed Mobile Kiosks and the Golf Course Development Steering Committee in 1997, the Migration and Devolution of Police Licenses Steering Committee in 1999, the Building Industry Consultative Council in 2008, the inter-ministerial committee on kiosk development in 2010, the Mater Dei Inquiry Board in 2014 and the Binja Buqana Inquiry Board and the White Rocks Development Technical Committee in 2015.