Proposed Sliema development downsized following objections

A development proposal for a 1930s Art Deco building has been amended, and now only seeks to add a set-back floor extension, after objections by residents

The dwelling is part of a uniform row of Art Deco townhouses, with a high level of architectural value reflected in a B+ street categorisation
The dwelling is part of a uniform row of Art Deco townhouses, with a high level of architectural value reflected in a B+ street categorisation

Developers behind a controversial application for the 1930s Art Deco townhouse have agreed to scale down their plans in a compromise with residents.

The original proposal sought internal alterations and the extension to an existing dwelling by two extra floors, to create two duplex units on Trejqet Sant Injazju, Sliema.

The developers will now only add one set-back floor extension to the dwelling, extending an existing recessed washroom, which will not be visible from the street. The amended plans will also respect the height of the surrounding houses.

The Sliema Heritage Society had said the original project would result in the “mutilation of this largely well preserved row of houses”, while Din L-Art Ħelwa described it as “insensitive to the context”.

The updated proposal, which residents described as acceptable, was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission earlier today.

The building is part of a uniform row of Art Deco townhouses, with a high level of architectural value reflected in a B+ street categorisation, while the opposite side of the road is made up mostly of newer six-storey buildings.

The project had been recommended for approval by the Planning Authority even before the plans were amended, with the case officer noting that the proposed works were “minimal” and would “adapt the building for modern habitation” without negatively affecting its architectural character.

The amended proposal was accepted by the Planning Commission.

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