Lidl Gozo receives MEPA green light
The Environment and Planning Commission (EPC) of the Malta Planning and Environment Authority approved a planning permission for the development of a Lidl supermarket in Xewkija.
The supermarket will be sited on an area designated by both the Structure Plan and Local Plan as a Mixed Use Area. The policy clearly stipulates that the area can accommodate warehousing, general industry, retail, including a supermarket, and offices.
A retail impact study which was carried out at the request of the EPC concluded that trade diverted to the Lidl supermarket will have no unacceptable impact on existing retail facilities in the Rabat Town centre. This is because just 15% of the total floorspace of the Rabat Town Centre is of the convenience type, with the vast majority being of the comparison type. It is projected that stores and supermarkets outside the town centre of Rabat, which trade in convenience goods, will see a 2.5% reduction in their turnover. This reduction is well within the limits of the 10% threshold of impact.
No development will encroach outside the Development Zone boundary.
The project was also subject to a Traffic Impact Study which was approved by Transport Malta.
Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar (FAA) had said that certain news reports on the Xewkija Lidl Retail Impact Assessment recently drawn up by Lidl’s consultants has been one-sided, only quoting the parts favourable to the developer and conveniently omitting the negative impacts.