Saving the character and identity of Tal-Pieta' and Gwardamangia
The undersigned objects to the development of the site covered by PA8271/18 for the following reasons:
· A large part of the site is a Grade 1 scheduled site, according to the National Protective Inventory for the Maltese Islands and should therefore not be developed. The North Harbours Local Plan (Map MP 2) also indicates the site as Scheduled in line with the same National Protective Inventory.
· The site is adjacent to a schedule Grade 1 building, which is Fatima Church and the proposed development will obscure the importance of this building. It will pose a negative visual impact on the landmark building and therefore goes against the provisions of policy NHSE 08 in the same North Harbours Local Plan.
· The scale and design of the proposed development is totally out of context with the rest of Triq Santa Monika and hence goes against the principles of the Strategic Plan for Environment and Development (SPED) as well as the Planning Authority’s Design Guidelines DC2015. The Planning Authority has already refused PA2201/17, PA9624/17 and PA2116/18 in the same street, because they are incompatible with the context of this street.
· The bungalow and the villa, which are proposed to be demolished, although not scheduled, have now become iconic buildings in the Pieta’ scene and should be restored and retained within the setting of the scheduled gardens.
· The proposed development will increase the parking problem which already exists in the area around Triq Santa Monika. The number of parking spaces being provided (44 garages and 25 spaces) is not enough for the 114 apartments being proposed and therefore the problem will increase considerably.