Villa Leoni, a scheduled property in Saint Julian’s, will not be turned into a seven-storey hotel, after said application was rejected by the Planning Authority (PA).
Villa Leoni is scheduled at Grade 2 level and is located within an Urban Conservation Area. A proposal had been submitted, proposing that the villa turns into a hotel having seven storeys overlooking Birkirkara Hill and six floors overlooking Main Street.
The Superintendence for Cultural Heritage had said that this proposal is not compatible with the building’s cultural heritage value. The PA case officer had recommended the application for refusal.
Projects architect Edwin Mintoff argued that the villa would be retained practically in its entirety.
The application was shot down by ten votes to two.