Save our Vil­lages cam­paign files PA ap­peal against Lija devel­op­ment

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Lija Lo­cal Coun­cil to­gether with an im­promptu group of fu­ri­ous Lija res­i­dents form­ing the ‘Save our Vil­lages’ cam­paign have filed an ap­peal against the Plan­ning Author­ity grant­ing devel­op­ment per­mis­sion to build 27 flats over five floors in just over 1000m².

In a state­ment the cam­paign said, “The pro­posed devel­op­ment is in the heart of a quiet, res­i­den­tial Lija street bor­der­ing Balzan, char­ac­terised by lines of uni­form ter­raced houses and right op­po­site a des­ig­nated villa/bun­ga­low area. The street does not have any build­ings above two storeys.

The rea­sons for the ap­peal are var­i­ous, the cam­paign­ers said yes­ter­day, but in the main it is held that the per­mis­sion granted is in con­tra­ven­tion of: a) Ar­ti­cle 72(2)(d), (e) and (f) of Chap­ter 552 of the Laws of Malta b) The Strate­gic Plan for the En­vi­ron­ment and Devel­op­ment (SPED) of 2015 (Ur­ban ob­jec­tives) c) Devel­op­ment Con­trol De­sign Poli­cies, Guid­ance and Stan­dards 2015 (DC15) d) Lo­cal Plan

The Lija Lo­cal Coun­cil said it is “…also very dis­ap­pointed that it was not fully con­sulted on such sweep­ing changes to the Lo­cal Plan in 2006 – when the sec­ond draft was drafted without con­sul­ta­tion; as well as in 2015 when no con­sul­ta­tion with the Coun­cil was held ei­ther, and as a di­rect re­sult of which the de­ba­cle of five floors op­po­site an of­fi­cially des­ig­nated villa/bun­ga­low area was brought about.”

It points out, “The open­ing para­graph (1.1.1) of the Plan­ning Author­ity’s own ‘Devel­op­ment Con­trol De­sign Poli­cies, Guid­ance and Stan­dards 2015’ doc­u­ment elo­quently sums it up and could not have put it bet­ter when it opines against this sort of ‘sore thumb’ devel­op­ment among ho­moge­nous streetscapes and un­equiv­o­cally states that ‘low qual­ity built fab­ric – a fab­ric that pro­duces bland, repet­i­tive blocks that are in­com­pat­i­ble with the older com­po­nents of the street and, in the worst cases, kill the spirit of our streets due to the neg­a­tive im­pact that is cre­ated in vis­ual, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal terms; a fab­ric char­ac­terised by dead fa­cades, blank walls that scar our town­scapes, streetscapes and sky­lines… a fab­ric that does not con­sider the con­se­quences it might have on the neigh­bour­ing res­i­den­tial amenity.’”

Photo of plot in res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood, with mon­tage de­mar­cat­ing the ex­tent and un­char­ac­ter­is­tic ver­ti­cal ex­ten­sions of the devel­op­ment

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malta

© PressReader. All rights reserved.