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maltatoday | SUNDAY • 22 JANUARY 2023 14 COMMERICAL PA approves improved design to 2018 permitted Marsaxlokk boutique hotel "A 2018 approved boutique ho- tel at Kalanka Beach in Delima- ra, Marsaxlokk will be consid- erably reduced in height, have more public open spaces and an improved design layout af- ter the Planning Board gave the green light to these mitigation changes. Despite having a pre- vious permit works on the pro- ject have not yet commenced. The site currently consists of a derelict building, originally a hotel dating back to the 1950's, which is partially built on two floors, having an L-shape ori- entation, with its main outlook overlooking the informal park- ing area. The hotel is located on a land covering an area of approximately 4,844m², which includes a large, paved area, as well as some outbuildings. The 18-room hotel will have a lounge area, bar, restaurant, outdoor pool and spa facilities. Although with today's de- cision there will be a mini- mal increase in the take up of disturbed footprint area, the Board felt that there was enough justification given that the visual impact of the project has been successfully mitigated with the new design. Through the removal of a basement lev- el, the project is lower in its overall height and fits neater with the topography of the sen- sitive site. The Board requested that the developer increases that the landscaping around the project and that the rubble walls will be lowered." Project approved in 2018 Project approved in 2023

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