Sliema council objects to proposed changes at Tigne project

The Sliema council is objecting to the change of use of a tower proposed as a hotel in the Tigne Project to residential apartments.

In a statement it said it was objecting to this change of use since itwould result in overdevelopment in an already overpopulated area.

"This tower should remain a hotel as was approved in the Development Brief.
"The council is also conscious that such a height was permitted in the development brief due to the fact that such a hotel would generate more jobs and hence contribute to the island’s economy.

"The proposed change of use would also create a serious impact on the amount of traffic influx of vehicles coming in and out of this area.
"It is evident that there will be already a massive increase in traffic coming from existing residents, new residents, delivery trucks that will supply all the commercial and catering establishments (once in operation) along with the people who will come to shop or work in new offices.

"The daily traffic tailbacks will have a horrible impact on people’s health due to the emission of foul exhaust from idling vehicles, buses and trucks. The excessive strain on the already existing public services should also be taken into consideration," the council said.

It questioned whether there was a strategic traffic master plan for the whole of the Tigne peninsula and if the MIDI tunnel was approved by the ADT for two way traffic since this data would have to be incorporated in the strategic traffic master plan for the Tigne peninsula.

As for proposed changes for the development's T14 and T17 blocks, the council said it was also objecting since the changes would have a drastic visual impact resulting in horizon pollution.

"Higher buildings should be positioned at the back and not at the front.
"The proposed buildings rising to heights of 12 and 14 storeys will result in the degrading of Malta’s and Valletta skylines. Such a proposal would also set a precedent by allowing an increase of six to eight floors over an original outline permit.

"This may well be followed with numerous applications in the area for similar height increases. Moreover these developments on the peninsula give rise of concern to the environment: less light and more heat generated between buildings requires more energy for mitigation," it said.

The council said that if such a garden battery was so sensitive that it required no buildings to be built, it should be preserved without any condition. The building heights as approved in the development brief should also be respected. In a letter to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, the council asked to be considered as an official objector.

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