Marsascala local council in favour of 13-storey replacement for Jerma hotel

The Marsascala local council is in favour of a 13 storey building to replace the former Jerma Palace Hotel. This was stated by National Heritage and Local Councils Minister José Herrera in Parlaiment this week.

Minister Herrera stated that, following discussions including with the community, the Marsascala local council is in favour of demolishing the current Jerma building inorder to be replaced by a 13 storey hotel.

José Herrera was replying to a Parliamentary question by PN MP Mario Galea.

Last week the Planning Authority issued its controversial development brief for the former Jerma Palace Hotel site.

The PA said that it had responded to feedback submitted during an initial phase of public consultation to lower the overall development density from a maximum of 100,000sqm to 65,000sqm. This figure excludes any car parks or services.

Despite the reduction, the PA is still suggesting a floor space that is more than double that of the existing hotel and ancillary facilities, which amounts to approximately 30,000sqm.

A number of NGOs, seven in total, initiated legal action as they are adamant that the authority had arbitrarily increased the area of the development brief in the first place.

Yesterday, the Malta Developers Association, MDA, expressed its opposition to the Planning Authority’s reviews of development briefs with the apparent aim of accommodating individual projects, insisting that Malta needed a solid long-term development plan.