The redesigned 28-storey Townsquare high-rise in Sliema, which will be built on the former Union Club site near the scheduled Villa Drago, has been approved by the Planning Authority board.
The permit was approved by a majority of seven votes to three.
The original permit for the tower, which was issued by the PA in 2016, was revoked last year after the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal accepted an appeal by NGOs against its approval.
The new plans reduced the height of the tower by 11 storeys, or 37 metres, which developers say will reduce the tower’s visual impact on the area. The tower will include 7,500 square metres of public open space, which remained unchanged from the original plans.
Townsquare CEO Peter Diacono said in a statement “We have gone to great lengths over the past year to address, and go beyond, the revisions requested by the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal and are delighted that the Planning Authority has acknowledged these efforts.”
“We have brought together the very best local and international talent and will now start working to make our vision a reality. Townsquare will be a project of the highest quality, and our team are excited to begin this next chapter to create a new dynamic space that Sliema can be proud of.”