The DB Group put forth a proposal to the Maltese Planning Authority consisting of a 31-storey tower and a 17-storey hotel located close to St George’s Bay in St Julians. Back in 2019, the approval of this project was halted by the Maltese Court as it was identified that one of the Planning Authority’s board members had a conflict of interest, in addition to the several objections received against this project, especially by NGOs and the Local Councils of Pembroke, St Julians and Swieqi.
After this project was halted, DB Group put forth an amended proposal, which consisted of a 12-storey hotel and two 17-storey residential towers, which will also include a shopping mall. This proposal was approved by the Planning Authority’s board on 11th June 2021 despite the numerous objections delivered by the civil society and NGOs to the Planning Authority.
The NGOs against this approval stated that this project will bring more traffic and chaos through Pembroke and with the approval of such a project, one would be shaping the future of Malta and Gozo. Furthermore, it was demanded to analyse for the potential damages to the surroundings due to construction. The Local Councils have criticised the fact that their objections are not being heard.
Moviment Graffiti, which was a prominent NGO in the fight against such a development stated that this an indecent decision which will lead to several consequences on the Maltese quality of life and environment.