Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar is objecting to a proposed complex in Triq Telghet Birkirkara and Triq Sant’ Elija in St Julian’s, arguing that the proposed complex will dwarf existing buildings on the side of the complex and create unacceptable massing in St Julian’s, which is already over-developed.
FAA is arguing that building modern office and commercial buildings with over 700sqm of offices and commercial space, as well as 58 apartments, supermarkets and bars in the middle of the old village core will destroy its character, and overwhelm its traditional Maltese houses, by its height and mass, generating over-development and a great increase in traffic that its narrow streets cannot cope with.
It is also arguing that the proposed development runs counter to Local Plan Policy NHSJl0 to safeguard residential use of this St Julian’s ‘village core’ site, specifying”this site is safeguarded for residential purposes”.
In addition, FAA said that the proposed complex will also result in Class 4a offices with an overall area of over 700sqm, well over the maximum 75sqm offices that may be considered in residential areas, as per North Harbours Local Plan HO0l. This will also violate Policy NHSJ0l and the Structure Plan, “major traffic generating uses will not be encouraged in the UCA.”
For these reasons, FAA is asking the Planning Authority to refuse PA 04037/19, proposing said development.