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Eight-Storey ‘Agritourism’ Hotel To Take Up 20,000 Sqm Of ODZ Land In Wied Għomor

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A development application proposing an agritourism centre will see the take up of 20,090 sqm of ODZ land in Wied Għomor.

The proposed application outlines the plans to construct an eight-storey complex, including 131 guest rooms, as well as indoor and outdoor pools. 

Plans also include the rehabilitation and redevelopment of an existing disused farm, St Anthony’s farm, with the final building also including a fitness centre, spa, and multipurpose hall, and two storeys of garages below ground.

The application was submitted by Rodrick Fenech, together with architect Dylan Agius.  

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Site plan

The site in question is registered within the Outside Development Zone, as well as being within a buffer zone of ecological importance.

“The site is overlooking Wied Għomor and lies within the ecological buffer zone protecting this valley,” the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage said.

This is not the first attempt made to develop Wied Għomor, one of the last remaining green lungs in the area of San Ġwann and Swieqi.

Past plans attempted to develop the area to be used in a commercial or residential way, with one of the previous plans proposing 25 bungalows, 80 rooms and a swimming pool.

Objections cannot be filed yet as the representations period is not open, with the application screening process still ongoing.

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