Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The Planning Authority has approved the construction of a block of 18 apartments in a Kalkara site in proximity of archaeological remains.
Moviment Graffitti led objections to the project, but the PA’s planning commission cited the lack of any objections by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage as it unanimously voted to approve the project. The board had initially suspended the application last January to allow for an investigation by the SCH.
The application, covering a site facing Triq it-Turretta and Triq Patri Mattew Sultana that lies just within the development zone, called for the demolition of an existing disused dwelling – a farmhouse – to allow for the construction of 10 garages at basement level, 4 maisonettes at ground floor level, 12 apartments spread over 3 levels and 2 others in a receded fourth floor. The case officer’s report, as updated on the eve of the commission’s decision, recommended approval.
Moviment Graffitti claimed that the farmhouse was illegally demolished last February, and its representative Karen Tanti appealed to the planning commission to save a site which had archaeological value due to the presence of cart ruts. However, Tanti found that her mic had been turned off towards the end of the intervention, with the Commission insisting that she had gone out of point by making a comparison to the authority’s approval of a massive development in Tal-Qares in Mosta, which led to the destruction of prehistoric remains.