The Malta Independent 15 December 2017, Friday

Farsons Business Park application approved by PA Board after master plan presented

Kevin Schembri Orland Thursday, 7 December 2017, 10:50 Last update: about 8 days ago

The Planning Authority Board today voted to approve the Farsons Business Park application in Mriehel, after an indicative vote during the last sitting showed that the project would be rejected.

During the last sitting, the Board took an indicative vote to overturn the Planning Directorate’s recommendation to approve the project, and the actual vote was taken today. The main reason for the board’s initial was that the applicant had not submitted a master plan for the site and fear of piecemeal development. 

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Since then, Farsons presented the master plan document which was a main issue the board had, and declared that the company has no further plans to develop in the future, and everything is consolidated in the current application. Now that the master plan has been provided, the project was given the green light.

The permit is for the creation of a business park along Mdina Road, Mriehel that consists of international Grade A offices with landscaped courtyards and multi-level car parking facilities. The €40 million development was earmarked to complement the rehabilitation of the Old Brewhouse that sought to restore and convert the industrial space and included a Visitor Centre Experience with supporting food and other retail outlets, flexible workspace and additional amenities. The project designed by Ian Ritchie Architects Limited, with the support of Malta-based engineers, TBA Periti, is to have over 18,000 square metres of offices.

The Planning Directorate reiterated the original recommendation for approval.

PN MP Ryan Callus, who sits on the board, said he was not present when the indicative vote was taken, however said that the project should be approved.

The Board approved the project and imposed a €362,000 planning gain.

In a tweet, Callus said that common sense has prevailed.


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