Tiny garage to become 12-room guesthouse

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A one-car garage in Paceville is set to be transformed into a 12-room guesthouse after a development permit was granted by the Planning Authority this week.

The garage lies at the upper end of St Augustine Street, close to the tunnel linking Paceville to Swieqi. According to the PA’s geoportal, the plot proposed for development consists solely of the garage and a tiny triangular strip of land bounded by the garage and by the curving road which leads up to Regional Road.

One would struggle to imagine any notable use of such a small plot of land, but the plans, submitted on behalf of Luke Chetcuti, foresee the demolition of the garage and the construction of a 12-room guesthouse. Given the dimensions of the plot, it is hard to foresee any arrangement that would not require at least one floor per room, or an arrangement that would appear aesthetically proportionate.

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The Planning Commission first discussed the proposal last November, asking the developer for more information, and further information was sought in a PC meeting on 9 January. But the assigned case officer continued to recommend refusal, with the last update to her report being filed on the eve of the final decision.

Nevertheless, the project was approved by the three-member commission, with two votes in favour: one of its members was absent when the vote was taken.