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PA 04777/20 (EA 00001/21)

Proposed demolition of existing hotel at San Niklaw Bay and existing bungalows at Santa Marija Bay. The proposed development consists of part excavation and the construction of Class 3B Hotel (140 beds) at San Niklaw Bay area and individual serviced Bungalows (21 units) at Santa Marija Bay area with ancillary facilities and amenities including Spa (class 3C), bars/lounges (Class 4C) and restaurants (class 4D), upgrading the existing berthing facilities (class 3D); construction of swimming pools; reservoirs; complete upgrade of the infrastructure systems and back of house facilities. Upgrading and reinstatement of the natural ecological and existing disturbed terrain in both San Niklaw and Santa Marija areas in accordance with the Gozo and Comino Local Plan.​


From: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning
Environment & Resources Authority)
​Published: ​23 September 2021
Running till: ​25 October 2021
​Last Updated: ​26 October 2021

1.        Background​


Planning Application 04777/20 comprises two distinct elements as follows: The redevelopment of the site of the Comino Hotel at San Niklaw Bay to provide for a new hotel; and, the redevelopment of the bungalows site at Santa Marija Bay to provide for new villas. It is also proposed to demolish service rooms, such as the pump room and the obsolete reverse osmosis plant near the Hotel. Some excavation works will be carried out to house new below-ground structures, as well as infrastructural services. Following construction of the hotel and villas, there will also be reinstatement of an existing defective and derelict reservoir located on top of the hill at the rear side of the Hotel (capacity of 1,300 m3). It is planned to reinstate disturbed land and integrate it with the existing landscaped area, in addition to the soft landscaping.

The following Natura 2000 sites are relevant to the proposal: 

  • Special Area of Conservation (SAC) & Special Protected Area (SPA) Kemmuna u l-Gżejjer ta’ Madwarha (MT0000017)
  • Site of Community interest (SCI) Żona fil-Baħar bejn il-Ponta ta' San Dimitri (Għawdex) u Il-Qaliet (MT0000105)
  • Special Protected Area (SPA) Żona fil-Baħar madwar Għawdex (MT0000112)

Location: Comino Hotel and Bungalows, Gżira ta' Kemmuna, Kemmuna, Għajnsielem.

2.        Consultation Questions
The Environment and Resources Authority is in receipt of the EIA and AA on the development mentioned above. The general public is invited to submit written comments on the said documentation. 

3.        Documents - may be retrieved from:
4.        Submission of input
Submissions were sent in through the following channels:
By email:

By post:     EIA Team
                 Environment & Resources Authority
                 Hexagon House,
                 Spencer Hill,
                 Marsa, MRS 1441     

Submission were received by 25 October 2021.                              
We thank you for your input.

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In addition, please be aware of:
·         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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