Ap­peal against re­fusal of pro­posed ho­tel and ma­rina at Ħon­doq be­gins

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

De­vel­op­ers are ar­gu­ing that their right to a fair hear­ing was breached by the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity, as an ap­peal re­gard­ing the re­fusal of a de­vel­op­ment at Ħon­doq bay kicked off.

De­vel­op­ers are ask­ing the Ap­peals tri­bunal to over­turn the PA Board de­ci­sion against the de­vel­op­ment of a ho­tel and ma­rina on a pro­tected part of the coast­line.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment would have turned a dis­used quarry, as well as a garigue area over­look­ing Ħon­doq into a nine-floor ho­tel, with four lev­els of un­der­ground park­ing, and 110 rooms.

De­vel­op­ers are ar­gu­ing that since they were given only 15 days to pre­pare for the PA hear­ing, their right to a fair hear­ing was breached.

The de­vel­op­ers also want their new plans which would see the ma­rina re­placed with a la­goon, be sent back for as­sess­ment and con­sid­ered.

The Qala lo­cal coun­cil has main­tained its op­po­si­tion to the project. Deputy Mayor Paul But­tigieg said that the coun­cil doesn’t feel the de­ci­sion of the board should be over­turned af­ter 14 years of study.

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