Sports village proposed in Ta’ Qali at former Flower Power nursery

A massive project proposed on 207,000 square metres of land is to see a multi-purpose sports village and hotel at former Flower Power nursery in Ta' Qali

The former Flower Power nursery has been in a state of abandon for years
The former Flower Power nursery has been in a state of abandon for years

A huge multi-purpose sports village and sports hotel is being proposed on a vast 207,000 square metre currently occupied by the shuttered Flower Power nursery.

The project includes a 4,000 sq.m commercial area.

The application foresees the development of a full-size rugby pitch, two full-size football pitches, a sprint track, five tennis courts, four paddle tennis courts, an indoor sports complex, a football and rugby club, a tennis club, a sports health club, sports rehabilitation clinic, a sports hotel an indoor and outdoor garden centre, a commercial area and both surface and underground parking.

The massive project is being proposed by Earslbury Consulting Limited, a company owned by British national Andrew Howard.

Sports village Masterplan in Ta' Qali
Sports village Masterplan in Ta' Qali
New development is being proposed on agricultural land opposite cemetery in Triq Durumblat
New development is being proposed on agricultural land opposite cemetery in Triq Durumblat

Although the area is outside development zones, the Ta’ Qali Action Plan foresees a change of use of the area from agriculture and horticulture use, to recreational or sport purposes.

But the plan bans residential, office and retail development on the site, and allows built-up structures ancillary to the sports facilities on the north-eastern part of the site.

The plan calls for the preparation of an overall comprehensive plan for the area in order to avoid piecemeal development.

Back in 2005, the Planning Authority had refused an application to develop an international fair grounds for international and domestic fairs on the site. The application presented at that time also envisaged the development of sports and entertainment facilities.

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