The site of what 12 years ago was the Jerma Palace Hotel in Marsascala has been left in an abandoned state although interest in its development has remained high as it is placed on Marsascala Point and has beautiful sea views.
At the Government’s request the Planning Authority has published a number of objectives for public consultation in order for a Development Brief to be prepared for the development of the site while stipulating the development should not exceed 100,000 square metres.
Marsascala Mayor, Mario Calleja, told TVM that the Local Council does not agree with the criteria set because this may involve an increase in heightened storeys.
He said that up to some months ago the extent of development involved was set at 62,000 square metres and this had been agreed upon and had also been approved by the public and this would mean a height of 12 storeys plus a penthouse. He said if this is increased to 100,000 square metres it will automatically mean towers and may involve 16 storeys and this is not desired.
Calleja said the Council agreed the present dilapidated building be demolished and another hotel built but disagrees that 40% of the development be developed for residential purposes.
The Mayor said that today Marsascala is overflowing with apartments and there are many vacant apartments all over the place and therefore further apartments are not acceptable. An increase of apartments means that each apartment will be the residence of three or four people and this means four vehicles and add further parking problems to those that already exist.
The criteria designed by the Authority provide public access along the coastline.
Meanwhile, Alternattiva Demokratika and the Moviment Graffiti in separate statements have disagreed with the Panning Authority’s proposals which they claim favours the interests of developers and not the interests of the people of Marsascala.