PA approves Marsalforn promenade masterplan for outside catering areas
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The Planning Authority has approved the Marsalforn promenade masterplan, which it said, will serve to ensure that a more “homogeneous approach” is adopted by outdoor catering areas along the promenade.
The masterplan sets out the layout and the preferred options of design furnishings associated with the placing of the tables, chairs and canopies in this area.
The PA pointed out that the policy for outdoor catering areas on public open spaces which was published in July 2016 had encouraged that masterplans are created in areas where a significant number of outlets offer outdoor catering facilities.
The Marsalforn promenade masterplan allocates approximately 12,850m2 of land for the placing of outdoor tables and chairs associated with the bars, restaurants and other catering outlets in the area – these include Triq il-Port, Triq il-Forn, Triq San Guzepp, Triq ir-Rabat and Misrah Sir Michelangelo Refalo.
The Planning Authority insisted that the masterplan will also serve to ensure that any proposed tables and chairs along the promenade will not conflict with other land uses, namely the residential areas, the pedestrian areas along Triq il-Port and the fishermen’s zone in the Menqa Area.
It added that although shading devices will be permitted, a catering establishment will have to choose from four available options. “The types of chairs and tables will have a contemporary design and compliment the type of shading devices,” the PA said.
The Authority advised that the masterplan, which was submitted by the Ministry for Gozo, also promotes the pedestrianisation of the whole promenade.
The streets are to be paved in porfido/lava. Vehicles will only be allowed to enter the pedestrianised area to render a service within a stipulated time frame, it said.
The Planning Authority concluded by saying that individual owners and operators of catering establishments in the masterplan area, can now apply with the authorities to occupy the areas indicated within the plan “with the full knowledge that these sites have already been approved in principle for this particular use.”
Photograph by Alain Salvary