Plan­ning Au­thor­ity turns down ap­pli­ca­tion for ware­houses by Mark Gaf­farena

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

An ap­pli­ca­tion by Mark Gaf­farena to con­struct ware­houses at Triq IlMadonna Tad-Dawl, Kirkop, was re­jected by the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity yes­ter­day.

The ap­pli­ca­tion would have seen 33 ware­houses con­structed on two lev­els. The site has an ap­prox­i­mate area of 2,887 sqm, and is out­side the lim­its of de­vel­op­ment. While the site would al­low agri­cul­tural us­age, the ap­pli­cant’s ar­chi­tect, Gior­gio Schem­bri, ar­gued that other ar­eas close by have al­ready been de­vel­oped, men­tion­ing ST Mi­cro­elec­tron­ics as an ex­am­ple.

The Tourism Min­istry, in a 2014 let­ter, had ob­jected to the ap­pli­ca­tion, ar­gu­ing that the site is just a few me­tres away from the air­port perime­ter, and that the zone is marked as a po­ten­tial site for future avi­a­tion re­lated de­vel­op­ment. The min­istry had also noted that the SPED in­cludes a pro­vi­sion for safe­guard­ing land around the air­port for the growth of avi­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and the lo­gis­tics sec­tor. The min­istry ex­pressed con­cern that if this de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion were to be up­held it would go counter to gov­ern­ment’s ob­jec­tives of mak­ing avi­a­tion an economic de­vel­op­ment growth area.

Trans­port Malta also ob­jected, cit­ing that the area is to be re­tained for avi­a­tion re­lated de­vel­op­ment. The En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry ob­jected to the de­vel­op­ment from an agri­cul­tural point of view.

The ap­pli­cant ar­gued that there are ar­eas within the air­port it­self, such as Sky­parks, that host busi­nesses that do not have much to do with avi­a­tion. The ap­pli­cant also ar­gued that ware­hous­ing forms part of the lo­gis­tics sec­tor.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was de­nied.

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