A 112 guest room hotel will be developed at the site of the former Hunter’s Tower Restaurant in Marsaxlokk after the Planning Board gave the green light for a planning permit to be granted, the Planning Authority (PA) announced on Friday.
The existing building, which the Planning Authority said it has no architectural or historical value, will be demolished and rebuilt into a tourism accommodation with amenities and semi-basement parking.
The Planning Authority said that due to the location of the site, the volume and massing of the new hotel have been designed to better blend in with the topography and characteristics of the area.
In November 2018, the Planning Board had agreed in principle with this project when it had granted an outline development permit in line with the approved Marsaxlokk Inner Harbour Area Environment and Development Brief. The Brief had earmarked this site to be reserved for tourism-related uses. The eastern confines of the site were designated as an open space to create a buffer zone between the site and the Natura 2000 marshland of ‘Il-Maghluq’.
The Planning Board imposed a Planning Gain of €202,000. This money will be used to rehabilitate the ecological site of Il-Maghluq and develop a visitor and interpretation centre detailing the important aspects of the Special Area of Conservation (SAC).