Qormi development approved
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board has approved the redevelopment of the existing ex-Lowenbrau Brewery into a mixed use development to include two function halls, a supermarket, retail outlets, a garden centre, administrative offices, stores and parking facilities area.
A Traffic Impact Statement indicated that the parking provisions of 310 car parking spaces on site were considered to be sufficient for the busiest shopping times. A Green travel plan was also presented which includes a number of measures which will seek to mitigate the traffic impact within this area.
A Retail Impact Assessment screening report concluded that the proposed development was not going to significantly impact the retailing business in the surrounding town centers.
The Board also noted that this application did not bypass planning procedures or receive some form of preferential treatment for it to be determined within 26 weeks from the date of validation.
The initial submission pertaining to this application was submitted on the February 23, 2011. The plans with the requested studies were submitted to the Planning Directorate during the first six months of 2012 and on June 13, the Planning Directorate validated and started processing the application in order to give the applicant a decision within the legal timeframe of between 26 and 52 weeks.
MEPA argued that contrary to media reports, today’s public meeting was not ‘a special session’ but a normal scheduled weekly public meetings as held every Thursday.