Proposed demolition of a 19th century heritage townhouse in Sliema refused by PA
Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) welcomes the news that following public outcry, the proposed demolition of a 19th century heritage townhouse in Sliema has been refused by the Planning Authority.
Last October FAA launched an online platform to allow citizens to voice their concerns directly to the Planning Authority about the proposed demolition of a 19th century townhouse on Stella Maris Street in Sliema.
If permitted, the development would have resulted in this townhouse being replaced by a 5-storey apartment block, retaining only the facade as a reminder of what was lost. Situated in the heart of Sliema’s village core where most of the characteristic townhouses have been retained, this application irrefutably violated existing planning policy and would have inevitably led to the demolition of this virtually intact Urban Conservation street.
Outraged by the application, the general public responded to this call to action and flooded the Planning Authority with over 500 objections. Following this wave of public response, the Planning Authority refused this damaging application proving that when the public comes together there is power to change things for the better.
FAA said that may this be a reminder to all that the fight for our heritage and environment is not a lost battle! The only certainty of failure lies in giving up. We owe it to ourselves and to the future generations of this island to keep fighting - we are not powerless.