Alternattiva Demokratika has submitted its formal objection to a proposed development in Ħaż-Żebbuġ, saying it breaches height restrictions and impacts on the local community.
In their objection, the AD states that the proposed development on the site of the Toyota Showroom in Mdina Road Ħaż-Żebbuġ, is reported to be a total 14 storeys, 11 above ground and 3 below street level.
AD states that according to planning policy for the locality, the maximum building height is 17.5 metres from street level. The proposed develop is expected to surpass this to a height of 36 metres.
This follows news of objections from Moviment Graffitti who last week issued its own objections based on a series of planning policies which the development allegedly breaches.
AD’s MEP candidate Samuel Muscat explains that in addition to ruining the skyline, the building would have a serious impact for local residents through the ‘large amount of traffic which the development will generate and the relevant impacts on air quality, but also due to the proposed high-rise shadowing the neighbouring residential property, consequently impacting the efficiency and utility of the already installed photo-voltaic panels.’
The AD leader said that the development showed that, ‘developers are unfortunately being allowed to ride roughshod on residents’ rights. Apparently it is now the turn of Żebbuġ. Alternattiva Demokratika in solidarity with residents of Żebbuġ is opposing this development application.’