GREEN LIGHT FOR TWO MAJOR PROJECTS
MEPA Board refuses two applications for Showrooms in Village Core
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority Board gave the green light for the rehabilitation of an existing dumping site into a Family Park in Marsascala. The land which stretches over an area of over 85,000 square meters, between the Sant’Antnin recycling plant and ir-Razzett tal-Hbiberija, will include a small amphitheatre, a farm for animal petting, an Equestrian Facility, a kiosk area, a large open landscaped area, a volleyball and 5-a-side football pitch, a tennis court, outdoor gym equipment, a landscaped maze, an agro-tourism products exhibition area, an olive grove, a 100 space car park, and a multi-purpose space.
This project, was a planning gain permit condition, which MEPA had imposed on Waste Serv, when it had granted planning permission for the development of the Sant’Antnin recycling plant.
The MEPA Board also approved embellishment works to be carried out along the waterfront of Xatt ir-Risq, between the Regatta Club and the Freedom Day Monument. This project, which is part of a wider plan to embellish and make accessible to the public the Dock 1 area and the waterfront around the whole of the creek, will include major landscaping works together with the development of an urban space, a kiosk area, an outside seating area and parking provisions. The applicant, through the Malta Transport Authority, has committed to provide temporary additional parking facilities around the locality.
Two other planning applications for the change of use from a clothes shop and private garage into showrooms for the display of cars in Paola were both refused by the MEPA Board. The commercial use of these two sites, that fall within the Urban Conservation Area of the locality, were seen not to be compatible with the policies for the area.