From industrial site to commercial destination?

A number of proposed policy changes for a site in Ta’ Qali which is currently zoned as industrial area have been published by the Planning authority (PA). The authority has stated in a press release, that these proposals are being issued following guidance from government.

The area which is accessed directly from Vjal l-Istajdum Nazzjonali and Triq l-Idwart will be designated to supermarket, medical clinics, educational facilities, offices, retail outlets, storage/distribution facilities and food and drink outlets.

The introduction of green infrastructure measures, such as the use of sustainable building materials, a design which allows for passive environmental control and the integration of carbon-reduction measures will be favourably considered.

A planning gain contribution of €25 per square metre of new gross developable floor space (GDF) permitted within the site is also being proposed.

The funds generated from this planning gain will be directed towards the upgrading of recreational facilities and other environmental initiatives within the Ta’ Qali National Park.

Interested parties may download the proposed amended policy framework from the Planning Authority’s website.

Representations on the proposed review are to be made in writing and sent to nwlp.taqali@pa.org.mt .

Deadline for submissions is Friday the 25th of October 2019.