The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) has scheduled as a Grade 1 the property of Villa Bologna and its surrounding gardens in Attard. Through this level of protection, the Authority is guaranteeing that this villa property, that covers an estimated 29,600 square meters of land is safeguarded from any future development.
Villa Bologna was originally constructed at around 1765 and is one of the best conserved 18th century country houses. It has been subjected to various interventions over the years, including extensions and re-planning of the palazzo and gardens in the 1930's by Lord and Lady Strickland. The Villa's gardens are surrounded by a crenellated wall with folley turrets, over which is a walkway around the property gardens. The gardens were extensively re-modeled by Lady Strickland to replicate those of Villa Frere at Pieta`.
The scheduling of this property also covers its boundary wall, which runs along Triq Sant'Anton, Triq il-Linja, Triq Ganni Portelli, Triq Lorenzo Manche and a passageway in Attard.
In 2006, the approved Central Malta Local Plan (CMLP) had designated an open field situated at the back end of the property as a developable 'Villa area'. Through the scheduling of the entire property, Villa Bologna and its grounds has now been safeguarded from any future development.
MEPA Chairman Mr Austin Walker said that 'The Authority remains committed to the conservation of the Island's natural and cultural heritage for future generations.'