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MARSA REGENERATION AREA – PHASE 1 Review of 2002 Grand Harbour Local Plan


From: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning
(Planning Authority)
​Published: ​30 November 2021
Running till: ​15 January 2022
​Last Updated: ​17 January 2022

1.        Background​


The Planning Authority, following Government’s direction, has initiated the process to carry out a planning review for the inner most sheltered part of the Grand Harbour, along the coastal area of Marsa.

Due to its strategic location the area has been heavily industrialised to cater for ship building and repairs, cargo handling and distribution, power generation and fuel storage amongst other activities. As a result, the urban environment of the area has deteriorated considerably with Marsa experiencing the highest population percentage loss of any settlement in Malta.

The vision is that all this heavy industry is significantly scaled down or relocated giving the area the chance to re-invent itself into a prime tourism and leisure harbour destination. Integrated in this vision is the creation of a socially diverse, coastal residential neighbourhood on the site of the ex-Marsa Power Station and its immediate areas. 

Albert Town will be transformed into a high-quality innovation hub with facilities and shared spaces for start-ups in the creative industries. Public access to the coast shall be restored as part of a network of public green open spaces and recreational areas.

The vision is to exclude the potential of new tall buildings within this area as they may detract from the wider historical landscape value of the fortifications. Buildings must adopt innovative architectural designs evoking the maritime history of the harbour location and relate well to the existing buildings of cultural importance.

A major transport interchange to accommodate the wideset range possible of public transport, both on land and sea will also need to be catered for.

The full list of the proposed objectives, the driving principles and the map of the site area which will guide the necessary amendments to the 2002 Grand Harbour Local Plan may be viewed on the Authority’s website

2.        Documents
The document is available on the Authority’s website  
3.        Submission of input
Submissions were sent in through the following channels:
By email:  Representations were to be made in writing and sent through e-mail address: ​   
By post:    Planning Authority
                Marsa Regeneration Area
                St. Francis Ravelin
                Floriana FRN1234​

Submissions were received by 15 January 2022.                              
We thank you for your input.

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·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.​

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