The Malta Independent 21 January 2021, Thursday

Planning application for 71 apartments in Nadur criticised by residents

Kevin Schembri Orland Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 08:49 Last update: about 8 days ago

An application that will see the construction of 71 apartments in Nadur would create a precedent to destroy existing fields, will be an eyesore and will result in other problems, Nadur residents who contacted The Malta Independent said.

A recently filed planning application by Titan Developments, whose shareholders are Joseph Grima and Victor Hili, proposes the construction of 74 garages across two basement levels, a single communal pool and 71 apartments rising 4 storeys (excluding the ground level) at its highest point. The application will see the development take place on fields, in an area within the development zone on Triq ilQortin in Nadur, having been part of the 2006 rationalisation exercise. Small parts of the development do, however jump over the development zone boundary very slightly, given that the proposal is right on the edge of the zone.

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Residents who contacted this newsroom said that locals living in the area do not want a 71 apartment building “to take over the large majority of the countryside road. We do not want a huge influx of people coming to the quiet area. We demand that our street remain part of the countryside as it is.”

“The site, while mostly is within development zone, is on arable land and this would create a precedent to destroy existing fields,” one resident argued.

“The road itself is narrow already, and with the current situation there is already a parking problem developing… Although in the plan there are spaces for 74 car garages, it is safe to say that every household on average, now has at least two or three cars.”

Another argument made by residents is that the road “does not have access to any sewer system, and that this would be detrimental to the arable land left in the area, since the drainage goes into the water table, which is already happening with the current housing situation.”

One resident argued that the building itself does not match the existing designs of the area and that it will be an eyesore. The residents also said that the project would increase noise pollution.

 

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