Val­letta mar­ket ren­o­va­tion ap­proved – neigh­bours com­plain about pos­si­ble noise from ter­race

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Val­letta mar­ket is to be ren­o­vated and re-opened as per an ap­proved Plan­ning Au­thor­ity ap­pli­ca­tion .

The mar­ket will be di­vided into three ar­eas. The base­ment level will fea­ture fresh food stalls, the ground floor will be a kind of food court, where stalls selling dif­fer­ent food will be present. The higher floors will be a multi-pur­pose space, for con­fer­ences, prod­uct launches and restau­rants.

The mar­ket, lo­cated on Mer­chants Street, will also in­clude an open ter­race on the roof, which was the fo­cus of the only ma­jor com­plaint made by res­i­dents. Res­i­dents ap­pre­ci­ated the restora­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the build­ing, how­ever ar­gued that such a space could be used for a restau­rant or events which would result in more noise.

The ap­pli­cant, how­ever, said that the space, which was orig­i­nally to take up most of the roof, was pushed back af­ter they heard the res­i­dents’ com­plaints. The owner, how­ever, was not will­ing to push back the site any fur­ther, stat­ing that such a move would break the project due to de­lays.

The ap­pli­cant also said that the is­sue is sub­jec­tive, and if they were to pro­pose push­ing back the space, ar­gu­ments would arise over the amount it would be pushed back.

Mem­bers of the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity Board asked whether it would be pos­si­ble to en­close the ter­race. Ar­chi­tect J Philip Mi­callef said that if it were up to his client they would pre­fer this, but that they would be un­able to do this due to other re­stric­tions from other of­fi­cial en­ti­ties.

The per­mit was ap­proved, on con­di­tion that a pro­posal for en­clos­ing the ter­race is sup­plied and that al­ter­ations to the de­sign would see a glass rail­ing re­place a wrought iron one.

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