A number of shop-fronts on Valletta’s Ta’ Liesse Hill will be restored after the Planning Commission approved planning permission for the works to be carried out.
The restoration project is part of a wider initiative to regenerate the area close to the Victoria Gate and make it more appealing for tourists visiting the capital.
"The façade of these buildings are in dire need of restoration and are suffering from deteriorated and damaged stonework, black crust, biological growth and missing architectural elements,” the PA said.
“The works which will be carried out under the auspices of the Malta Tourism Authority will see these historical buildings regain their character and charm.”
Ta’ Liesse was one of the only three access points into Valletta, back when the city was first built, and the hill used to be one of the city's busiest commercial spots.
The Planning Commission also approved the upgrading and restoration of a number of streets that surround the old Civil Abattoir.
The Biccerija is currently being rehabilitated, embellished and transformed into a Design Cluster.
The approved restoration method statement was endorsed by the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage. Restoration works will be monitored by the Planning Authority’s conservation officers.