Paceville masterplan consultation extended by three weeks

Planning authority takes heed of developers’ request and extends Paceville masterplan consultation by three weeks

The public consultation on the Paceville masterplan has been extended
The public consultation on the Paceville masterplan has been extended

The Planning Authority has extended the public consultation process for a new development framework for Paceville by three weeks until November 25. The original deadline was the 4 November.

“This extension will give the public and stakeholders a total of nine weeks to review the masterplan. The public consultation exercise is specifically meant to give the opportunity to stakeholders to provide their input,” the authority said in a statement.

The Malta Developers Association yesterday called for an extension, arguing that the master plan was highly detailed and required more time to be studied.

The Planning Authority also announced that it will be holding a public consultation meeting in the coming weeks.

A number of meetings are also being held with local councils and other stakeholders to explain the masterplan in detail, to get the reactions of everyone and to be able to answer to questions in person.

The masterplan is a working document on which the public is being invited to give an input. The authority said the document  will then be modified, taking into consideration the feedback received. In the eventuality of any major changes, this plan will have to undergo a second round of public consultation, during which all those interested may express their views.

A separate consultation period is also envisaged with respect to the Strategic Environment Assessment.

The framework outlines a new holistic approach to planning in Paceville, assessing the merits of development proposals within the context of public services, infrastructure and the built environment whilst looking out for residents and neighbouring localities. The public can read and give feedback on the masterplan via the Planning Authority’s website (www.pa.org.mt/pacevillemasterplan).

The plan, which was developed by international infrastructure and planning experts Mott MacDonald and Broadway Malyan, includes recommendations on both a development approach for Paceville and also a transport strategy for the area.

“The masterplan for Paceville is a long term holistic vision, which will be implemented over an extended period of time,” the PA said.

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