Hearing regarding development of villa in ODZ land postponed

Miguela Xuereb

The Planning Commission has postponed a hearing regarding the development of an abandoned room in Qala. Recently, the developers stated that they will reduce the size of the proposed developments.

The proposed development, which is located in an out of development zone (ODZ), will turn an abandoned room into a villa which is much larger than the current building.

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A Planning Authority policy states that sites in ODZ lands can only be developed into residences not more than 200 square metres larger if there is evidence that the building was used as a residence before 1992. The applicants provided documents showing that a woman used to live there about a century ago; and was in fact found dead at the same residence in 1921.

However, Times of Malta have revealed that no document actually links the address to the woman, since the address provided is not clear.

During today’s meeting, the Planning Directorate insisted that the death certificate does not prove to be enough evidence. Therefore, the hearing has been postponed to 1st October.

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