PA should consider visual impact on streetscape before approving projects – MDA

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Malta Developers Association says it wants to see a tightening of development policies to stop those which change the image of a building or visually impact streetscape.

MDA makes the call in response to the news of an additional floor built on top of a privately owned residential block in Marsalforn Gozo.

They say that such ‘eyesore results when these types of permits unfortunately are approved, even though they are in line with current planning policies. This only results in ruining the entire perspective and design of the original development.’

The association goes on to say that they disagree, ‘with the fact that the Planning Authority does not consider the visual effect on the streetscape when it processes such small, individual permit applications, which are continuously ruining our urban areas in Malta and Gozo.’

Concluding their response, MDA says that any changes or additions to the ‘façades of existing developments can be approved only when they apply to a more holistic approach to prevent further uglification of certain localities.’