FAA “disgusted” with the “ongoing abuse” at Ghajnsielem hotel
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FAA has said that it is “appalled and disgusted” by what it describes as the “ongoing attempts to increase height and density of a hotel in Ghajnsielem, Gozo, through piecemeal applications and abusive practices.”
In a statement FAA said that in 2016 the hoteliers applied for an extension to the hotel which was refused by the Planning Authority.
This decision, FAA said, “was then overturned by the Tribunal who subsequently granted the permission for the development of an additional floor and lightweight roof structure.”
The permit was already deemed to be controversial by FAA which maintained that “the request was beyond that which could be attained in the area due to its vicinity to the village core.”
FAA stated that the developer then went on “to incrementally increase the size of the approved development through numerous requests for ‘minor’ amendments.”
It argued that, “these amendments resulted in the roof structure initially approved as a lightweight structure covering just 75 square meters to a restaurant covering over 300sqm built in concrete.”
FAA representative Tara Cassar, noted that the use of concrete which can by no means be deemed a ‘lightweight structure’ was “never formally requested by the hotelier rendering the construction as built, illegal.”
“The hotelier’s blatant attempt to defy planning constraints and increase the already overbearing size of this out-of-scale development overlooking the picturesque and visually sensitive Mgarr Harbour is abhorrent and should simply not be allowed to go on,” stated FAA.
It concluded by stating that “the Authority must take action and ensure that planning legislation is not made a mockery of through such obviously abusive requests.”
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