PA turns down permission for illegal receded floor in Valletta
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The Planning Commission, this morning cited that the development of an illegal receded floor of an office block in Republic Street Valletta, was obstructing and dwarfing the view of the dome and adjacent belfry of grade 1 Church dedicated to St Francis.
The Commission turning down a planning application request to sanction the illegal receded floor, pointed out that sanctioning such a development will negatively impact the Valletta skyline, which holds a UNESCO World Heritage status.
The receded floor which was proposed to be used as additional office space was served with an enforcement notice by the Authority in 2016. A daily fine is being imposed on the contravener, the Authority said.
The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage objected to the sanctioning of this development.