Farsons challenges PA claim about lack of master plan

Insists that project height was also accepted

Farsons has challenged the Planning Authority’s assertion that it had failed to submit a master plan for its proposed business park.

The company said on Tuesday that the need for a master plan was raised during the first hearing in October. It submitted a plan indicating how the business park would sit on a site in total measuring 69,000 square metres.

“Areas covering this site are occupied by the company’s operations, as approved through the necessary planning permits, and would also house the proposed business park.

“Given that no other developments are contemplated, the overall plan submitted is therefore a comprehensive and complete master plan for the use of the said site. Therefore, the statement issued by the PA that the company opted not to submit a master plan is not correct,” it said.

Simonds Farsons Cisk said  the Planning Authority’s assertion in its statement that the Planning Directorate's report recommended approval "in spite of the project not being in accordance with planning policies" was also factually incorrect, given that this report clearly states that "the intended height of the development is also deemed acceptable" and that the site "complies with all the above-mentioned criteria".

Read: €40 million Farsons business park 'turned down' by Planning Authority

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.

Planned for completion by the end of 2020, the project, designed by Ian Ritchie Architects Limited, with the support of Malta-based engineers, TBA Periti, was to have over 18,000 square metres of offices.

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