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Hotel proposed in Mellieha main square

The Superintendence for Cultural Heritage objected to demolition of the old house

James Debono
7 July 2017, 8:30am
The development involves the creation of a new storey rising above the existing streetscape
The development involves the creation of a new storey rising above the existing streetscape
A property overlooking Misrah il-Parrocca is being earmarked for demolition to make way for a new hotel.

A planning application presented in February foresees the construction of a four-star hotel with pool, and restaurant with outside catering area in Misrah il-Parocca. The development involves the creation of a new storey rising above the existing streetscape.

Objectors have pointed out that this will create four blank party walls, as well as two blank back walls.

The property is described as being of high cultural heritage value, “having architectural, historical and social historical value” by the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage. 

According to the Superintendence this property warrants protection and preservation and should not be demolished. The Superintendence has called on the PA to object to the application.

Din l-Art Helwa has also objected to the proposed demolition of the property located within Mellieha’s Urban Conservation Area, calling for a more sensitive approach to the elevation on Misrah il-Parocca. The façade, at the very least should be retained, DLH said in its objection. A bell-shaped well is reportedly found in the vicinity of the new development. The hotel is being proposed by 3Eleven Ltd, a company owned by Garrett and Stephanie Zerafa.

James Debono is MaltaToday's chief reporter on environment, planning and land use issues, ...
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