Public consultation on Ta’ Qali commercial area proposal re-issued by PA

Planning Authority

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Planning Authority has republished a proposed policy for public consultation concerning an area which is currently zoned as industrial and is adjacent to the Malta National Park.

The amended policy is proposing that the site is zoned into a commercial area.

Changes to the original draft were carried out after the feedback the planning watchdog received following the second phase of consultation held last year.

In a statement on Thursday, the Planning Authority said that by re-zoning the area into a commercial one, it would mitigate against the negative impact that the current uses are having on the character of the surrounding area, particularly the formal and informal recreational area.

“The main changes reflected in this latest policy document centre around the introduction of a central road and the designation of separate distinct areas where comprehensive and conventional planning will be considered,” the PA said.

The acceptable land uses as identified in the original public consultation document have not changed and are proposed to remain the same for both the comprehensive and the conventional Development Areas.

Within the area allocated for comprehensive development, a maximum site coverage of 60% shall be allowed, which is equivalent to just over 17,000 metres squared.  The 40% open space is inclusive of a landscaping buffer.

The planning watchdog explained that the landscape buffer will serve as a green belt consisting mainly of trees and shrubs and would serve to mitigate the visual impact of any development adjoining the Outside Development Zone and the view of any development from Mdina. The mitigation measure will not be limited to this buffer and other measures such as green walls and green roofs were also being encouraged. 

While the proposed planning gain contribution was retained, the new draft proposes that the landholders are to fund the construction of the necessary road and junction improvements within the policy area.

The funds generated from the planning gain will be directed towards the upgrading of recreational facilities and other environmental initiatives within the Ta’ Qali National Park.

For more details one can view the amended policy on the Planning Authority’s website.

Interested parties and the public may download the proposed amended policy from the Planning Authority’s website.

Representations on the proposed review are to be made in writing and sent through e-mail address: nwlp.taqali@pa.org.mt. The deadline is Friday 16 October 2020.