Moviment Graffitti have said that a proposed 11-storey development expected to replace the existing Toyota/Debono site in Zebbug, breaches height regulations.
The civil society organization says that the intention to demolish the existing car showroom and instead excavate and build parking and commercial spaces for the likes of offices, hotel, shopping centre or bar, contravenes regulations outlined in the Strategic Plan for Environment and Development.
Graffitti says that the current development breaches Urban Objectives 2.3 and 2.4 of the SPED, which they state exists to, ‘promote a context driven approach for the control of building heights within Urban Conservation Areas in order to protect the traditional urban skyline.’
The application PA/01821/19, currently calls for the ‘Demolition of existing buildings; excavation for three levels of parking; construction of parking; medium-rise building using the Floor Area Ratio Policy (Class 4A) for part of the site; conventional development for remaining part of site (Class 3C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D).’
This is just one of a series of breaches which MG has collated against the development and is aiming to mobilize public objection against.
So far, over 1200 people have issued objections to the Planning Authority against the development through MG.
You can view Moviment Graffitti’s full objection outline here.
In addition to building height, MG also states that there are also key consequences for both the surrounding residential areas and increases in pollution and strain on infrastructure.
‘The project will significantly change the character of Ħaż-Żebbuġ. It would create a hugely negative domino effect, with an acceleration of further development to cater for the labour force required for the project and the changing nature of activities in the area,’ MG writes.