Andrew’s Farm, a massive agricultural space in Swieqi, is set to face major development after an application was submitted for the construction of a new road and several commercial buildings, including touristic accommodation.
A planning control application submitted by applicant Joseph Mary Aquilina and architect Reuben Sciortino looks to propose a new road through the site and rezone parts of the area to accommodate commercial activity which includes class 2 (social uses), class 3 (tourism and leisure), and class 4 (commercial uses).
The farm, located along Triq Is-Sidra in Swieqi, is one of the few last remaining undeveloped areas in the locality, which has been subject to rampant construction over the last decade or so.
According to the plans, the new buildings, of which there will be four, rise three storeys with a building height of 17.5 metres.
The application is currently subject to a survey of the development with the Environment Resources Authority set to compile a report on the proposal.
Representations have already been submitted objecting to the plans with the Local Council flagging that the land in question is the only area for expressly agricultural use in the locality.
However, it said that it could have no objection to the development in principle since the area is zoned for residential purposes according to local plans.
The local council made several recommendations, noting that it was disappointed that no public open space is being proposed.
It is asking that the current plans be revised.
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